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   Re: Anti-Microsoft Flames

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  • From: "Rick Jelliffe" <ricko@allette.com.au>
  • To: "xml-dev Mailing List (E-mail)" <xml-dev@ic.ac.uk>
  • Date: Sun, 4 Apr 1999 16:40:34 +1000

From: Andrew Layman <andrewl@microsoft.com>

>This mailing list occasionally has messages that note some feature or
>behavior of a Microsoft product, observe that it conflicts with the
>opinion on how the world should be organized,  and impute some
>nefarious and usually obscure motive to Microsoft.  I don't generally
>comment on these. That does not mean that I believe they have merit;
>that I am very busy working with Satan and the International Trilateral
>Commission on an enigmatic master plan for global domination.

Are you saying that if IE5 treats content like:
    &lt;?xml encoding="UTF-8"?&gt;
as though the contents are a processing instruction (when CSS is used)
that this is really a matter of "opinion on how the world should be

I would have thought Microsoft would have wanted to distance itself from
claims that it was providing gratuitous incompatibilities, given the
Java fiasco. Getting delimiters right is a fairly basic thing: will
there be a bug fix for this soon? If not, then it is a company decision
to support non-spec product. I am a big fan of IE5; but what is the
point of beta testing if the results are ignored for these kind of basic
things...it suggests that Microsoft does not have systematic testing in
place, or at least that it does not have sufficient programmer resources
to handle all the bugs that thay find, or that it produces software
which is too complex for the team sizes it uses.

Rick Jelliffe

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