Open Source, Open Standards, Interoperability, and Internet Explorer 8

by Todd Ogasawara

When I read Bill Hilf's See Change blog entry reflecting on Microsoft's Feb. 21 Open Source Interoperability announcement, I didn't think this direction shift would be felt by the Internet Explorer team. I mean IE7 doesn't leak like Firefox 2 does (on both my Windows and Mac boxes). But, IE7 sure breaks a lot of web pages (including my personal Windows Mobile focused blog) that Firefox renders without issues. But, check on the announcements made today (March 3) regarding Internet Explorer 8.

Press Release: Microsoft Expands Support for Web Standards

IE Blog: Microsoft's Interoperability Principles and IE8 by Dean Hachamovitch, General Manager, Internet Explorer

Dean's blog comments...

Microsoft recently published a set of Interoperability Principles. Thinking about IE8’s behavior with these principles in mind, interpreting web content in the most standards compliant way possible is a better thing to do.

We think that acting in accordance with principles is important, and IE8’s default is a demonstration of the interoperability principles in action. While we do not believe any current legal requirements would dictate which rendering mode a browser must use, this step clearly removes this question as a potential legal and regulatory issue. As stated above, we think it’s the better choice.

...really caught my attention. I wasn't paying much attention to IE8's development up until today. I was just waiting for Firefox 3 to get further along in its development before trying it out. Now, I'm paying attention to IE8.


2008-03-04 07:25:51
Microsoft has a long way to go. Thus far, all I've seen are more "We love Open Source and Open Standards" press releases, like the dozens of others over the years. Nothing to see here, move along.

Don't just say it, Microsoft. DO IT. Prove it. Without shenanigans. Til then, it's just more hot air.