Web Standards Group Petitions Microsoft
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The Web Standards Project has released an open letter petition in an attempt to increase the pressure on Microsoft to adopt a policy of 100 percent compliance for W3C standards in its next generation of its Internet browser.
The WSP is requesting that Internet developers sign and return an e-mail letter to the organization requesting that Microsoft support Cascading Style Sheets Level-1, HTML 4.0, DOM 1.0 and XML 1.0 in the next version of Internet Explorer. The letter is located here.
Non-compliant browsers, as they exist now, are claimed by the organization to cause the following problems, prompting the petition:
- Add 25 percent to the cost of building sites due to workarounds and extra debugging
- Prevent sites from using advanced features that would provide a richer and more useful experience for site visitors
- Threaten to fragment the Web, especially as browsers move beyond the desktop
WSP also presented Microsoft with a Web standards petition signed by more than 1,000 Web developers. The organization claims this is the first step in a campaign by WSP asking Web site owners, developers and visitors to call Microsoft to fully support key Web standards in its next release of Internet Explorer.