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   Re: IE 5.5 broken still

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  • From: David Brownell <david-b@pacbell.net>
  • To: Rick JELLIFFE <ricko@geotempo.com>, xml-dev@lists.xml.org
  • Date: Thu, 13 Jul 2000 08:57:52 -0700

> Come on Microsoft, get it right.  The message we get is not "oh we are
> looking after the problems that customers report rather than niceties"
> (which no-one believes)

Certainly not those customers, such as myself, who have
reported problems that remain unfixed.  (Not just XML.)

>     but "we do not have a craftsmanlike attitude to
> making our products correct".  

Do you remember the furor caused by Bill Gates saying
that Microsoft doesn't revise products to fix bugs?
Back a few years ago.

It died down too quickly.  One translation is your second
one above.  Another is that for the same reasons Win95/Win98
are bug-for-bug compatible with key MS-DOS releases, they
feel they dare not fix certain bugs.  Yet another is that
they don't want to, because its money they can use their
monopoly power to avoid spending -- which enhances customer
lockin, while shifting damage control costs to customers and
to competitors (increasing profits in at least three ways).

I strongly believe that in the world of Open Standards,
the standards to be concerned with should _never_ be the
set of bugs in some proprietary (monopoly) product.  That
is after all one of the original motivations to have such
standards -- to keep the playing field open and level!!

- Dave


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