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Association of Internet Professionals Endorses Web Standards Project

The Association of Internet Professionals (AIP) formally endorsed the Web Standards Project (WSP), the coalition of Web builders calling for greater industry standardisation--especially between the leading Web browsers from Microsoft and Netscape.

AIP is the largest global association of Internet professionals, and its endorsement is expected to lend greater strength to the campaign.

The WSP was co-founded by Glenn Davis of Project Cool. He pointed out that Web builders spend "at least 25 per cent" of their time coping with the differences between the ways that Netscape Navigator (and Communicator) and Microsoft's Internet Explorer display Web content. Between them, the two rival companies control more than 90 per cent of the total browser market.

"AIP joins the WSP as an important global association of Web developers and designers with no particular axe to grind other than the overwhelming sense that standards are essential to the continued growth and use of the Web," said Davis.

WSP hopes to convince Netscape, Microsoft, and other browser manufacturers in the wisdom of adopting a basic set of standards, namely: HyperText Markup Language (HTML) 4.0, Extensible Markup Language (XML) 1.0, Cascading Style Sheets (CSS-1 and CSS-2), and the core HTML and XML Document Object Model (DOM) specifications of the W3C (World Wide Web Consortium). The list also includes ECMAScript (the official name for the browser scripting language called JavaScript by Netscape and JScript by Microsoft).

Founded in 1994, the AIP represents the global community of Internet professionals.