Open Source, Open Standards, Interoperability, and Internet Explorer 8
by Todd Ogasawara
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.
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.