Curated by: Luigi Canali De Rossi

Thursday, June 10, 2004

Why Microsoft Really Hates The Web

"The new browser war may appear to be about the emergence of Mozilla and friends with their polished eye-candy interfaces, but it's really about Microsoft versus the W3C. Internet Explorer is Microsoft's blocking tactic--never to be properly web-compliant, never to give the W3C a day in the sun--and Longhorn technology is the big-stick alternative being built. One of the purposes of Longhorn is to destroy the web as we know it. The web is used to provide a variety of services and communities. Part of the Longhorn strategy is to extract from the web all of the services with any profit model at all: web magazines, auction sites, news, online retailers, and so on. ... It's the presence of standardized data in web content--whether current standards such as XHTML or some yet-unknown future standards, perhaps based on XUL--guaranteeing that the web will remain a global commons, an information highway, and a free marketplace. The alternative is a corporate Diaspora and a tollway. Organizations must wake up to the value of open and manageable standards-based web data, and cease being stupefied by irrelevant popularity arguments. Standardizing data should not be an act of penance; it should be about sustaining communities and markets--ones from which service agendas and profits derive. If organizations don't see the web as a useful global commons into which they can deliver their services, that global commons will vanish as a community and as a marketplace. In this new war, individual action is still important, so choose a standard compliant browser if you value the web, or if your job earns value from it." This is the last section of a six-part article by Nigle McFarlane which has been circling the news for a good number of days now. If you want to really understand why standards are key to the development and evolution of the Web, this essay is a must read.



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