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opinions from the head lemur
[Posted] May 19, 1999

Web Standards and Internet Explorer 5 Part 2

I trade money for pixels. Blunt, but true.
I don't think you will find anybody on the planet, who will say the head lemur has an over-developed sense of diplomacy. I believe in the web. From my very first internet connection, which was a telnet connection to ASU, and connecting to "Freenets", I knew what my day job was gonna be.

I was one of the first people to download Mosaic 1 and really see the web. Back then, You could check all the New listings on YAHOO in three or four pages.

I joined AOL when it was pay by the Hour. After 3 months of $100 phone bills, I found another ISP. I bought Netscape when upgrades were 79 bucks a pop.

I have faithfully bought books, joined organizations, mail lists, news groups, to discover what I could do with this medium, and maybe share a few things I have discovered.

I probably have as large a collection of code snippets, bug fixes, workarounds, browsers, and computers to house them, (primarily due to the fact that Internet Explorer eats it young) as any other pixel mechanic who takes what they do seriously.

I have all these things so when I trade Money for Pixels, I can show you that your site will look close to the same across different browsers, different Operating Systems, Screen Sizes and Resolutions.

But This is why your sites are costing at least 25% more than they could, if the Browser Makers created Standards Compliant Browsers!!

I go to these lengths, because I am a Craftsman. I came to the web from Carpentry. Coding sites, coding houses. Same stuff, about the same money in tools, but software is a Hell of a lot lighter.

Web Standards Project

I belong to the Web Standards Project. I joined on the first day I could, Aug. 10 or 12th. I went back, and where possible, recoded all our client sites to the W3C HTML 4.0 Transitional Standards. I ran them through the CAST Bobby Validator. I support the project every chance I get, in thought, word, and deed.

I had hoped that the Version 5 browsers would comply to the W3C HTML 4.0/CSS 1 (at Least) and the DOM.

This was as events have shown, a very foolish hope on my part.

This came across a couple of the lists which I belong, and I am reprinting it here.

Cut and paste, click and send!

Please do your self a favor and cut the letter you would like to send, and address it to wasp@microsoft.com

Greetings!
  Since 1993 I've done my best to show everyone the good on the web and to
help anyone who wanted it gain the knowledge they needed to create that
good.  Today I'm asking for your help.  I'm not asking not as Glenn Davis,
CTO of Project Cool, and not as Glenn Davis, cofounder of The Web Standards
Project.  I'm asking as Glenn Davis, a man who, for the past six years has
worked to make the web a better place for everyone.
   Recently Microsoft released their 5.0 browser and after all this time
there is still not 100% support for the standards that make web development
easier.  Standards that Microsoft helped create.
  Below are three simple letters.  Very to the point letters that ask one
very simple question.  I'm hoping that you'll pick just one of those
letters and use it to ask Microsoft the very simple question within.  If
you would copy just one of those letters into an email and send that email
to wasp@microsoft.com I would very much appreciate it.  This email address
is one that Microsoft set up for email about standards.  I'm also asking
that you pass this email along to anyone else who has ever tried to make a
webpage.
  My sincerest thanks for the help you provide.

Sincerely and simply,
Glenn Davis

CSS-1 Letter

To: wasp@microsoft.com
Dear Microsoft:
  As a web developer who spends far too much time working around browser
incompatabilities, I need to know when you will offer full support for
CSS-1 in your Internet Explorer browser.  Could you please respond with the
date when I might expect this?
    If you don't plan to ever support 100% of this standard, then please
let me know that also.  I have my future to consider.  I'm not asking for
long excuses or explanations from you.  I'd prefer that you respond with
either the date on which that support will occur or the word "never."
Sincerely,
(Your name here)
(Your company name here)

DOM Letter

To: wasp@microsoft.com
Dear Microsoft:
  As a web developer who spends far too much time working around browser
incompatabilities, I need to know when you will offer full support for the
W3C DOM in your Internet Explorer browser.  Please let me know when that
will happen.  A simple date will suffice for a response.
    If you don't plan to ever support 100% of this standard, then please
let me know that also.  I have my future to consider.  I'm not asking for
long excuses or explanations from you.  I'd prefer that you respond with
either the date on which that support will occur or the word "never."
Sincerely,
(Your name here)
(Your company name here)

HTML 4.0 Letter

To: wasp@microsoft.com
Dear Microsoft:
  As a web developer who spends far too much time working around browser
incompatabilities, I need to know when you will offer full support for HTML
4.0 in your Internet Explorer browser.  On what date will this event occur?
    If you don't plan to ever support 100% of this standard, then please
let me know that also.  I have my future to consider.  I'm not asking for
long excuses or explanations from you.  I'd prefer that you respond with
either the date on which that support will occur or the word "never."
Sincerely,
(Your name here)
(Your company name here)

References

  1. Web Standards Project

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