Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 24th Jul 2009 21:07 UTC
Windows The browser saga between Microsoft, the EU, and various browser makers just got a new chapter. We all know how the EU and Microsoft are in a legal tussle over the inclusion of Internet Explorer with Windows. Microsoft surprised everyone in June by announcing that Windows 7 would ship without Internet Explorer in Europe, a move it had hoped would silence the EU. The EU and Opera, however, were not impressed, and now Microsoft has caved in to the pressure.
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by lemur2 on Sat 25th Jul 2009 12:28 UTC
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This raises the question: what would be a good solution? Clearly, shipping Windows without a browser is not a very good option, nor is the ballot screen.

IMO, it would be perfectly fine if IE were to ship with Windows IF IE were compliant with W3C standards.

Just those W3C standards that are "recommended" status will do ... but all of them, including SVG, DOM2, SMIL, compliant ECMAScript, etc. Passing acid3 tests (or at least say 90% of acid3) would be enough.

That way the same rich content web pages could render equaly well in all browsers, so web servers could serve just the one version of a web page no matter what browser the client had installed, without any need for browser plugins. There would be no need then for Silverlight or Flash.

Internet access for all, as intended.

That would be the ideal solution, IMO.

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