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Mike Champion <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
| You're saying that that DOM's pursuit of the chimera of XML+CSS as
| the universal light application platform helped kill Netscape?
No. Netscape, per se, had very little to do with the future except in the
minds of the wowser-whipped ("Yeah, I got it to work in both browsers!" as
in "Yes, we play *both* Country and Western here").
The DOM-inspired chimera all but ensured that there would be no browser
diversity. Netscape had already pretty much killed that, and Microsoft
merely cashed in.
| More people would assert that Netscape's failure to pursue XML
| aggressively gave Microsoft a powerful differentiator.
Netscape was always a "Real Programmers Don't RTFM" outfit. If they had
pursued XML "agressively", they would have made a clueless botch of it
| I would agree that the demise of Netscape as a credible platform
| killed interest in browser API standards.
Netscape killed that interest for Microsoft.