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Tuesday, June 01, 2004
This is an interesting article via Slashdot on how the Browser Wars are Reigniting. Its also a very long article... but when you read it, you realize that it isn't actually saying a whole lot. I came away with the impression that this 6 section article could have been reduced to 3 very easily. But I digress. What is the general thesis put forth by the author? Well when you see that its linked by Slashdot it should be easy to tell that its the usual: Microsoft Bad, Other Guy Good. The more I read these the more I realize the similarities with the current presidential elections. But I'll leave that to another post.
Here is probably the real crux of the article (friom the last section of course):
So the real complaint here is that Microsoft is coming up with an architecture that will use the Internet to transmit information using something other than HTML, and the other related standard for posting markup (like CSS, and XHTML, etc.). The general theme here is that its evil to do that. But why? The author never explains it.
The world of the web today is really a set of disjoint services, that takes user effort to connect up properly. For the readers of Slashdot (myself included), this is great. It offers us the level of control that we desire. We can pick and choose our Legos and build up our castle exactly how we like. But for the average person, the person that we should be designing software for, this is not acceptable. The world of Longhorn is a world where the pieces are put together for you so you just turn it on and go. While that may scare the hell out of the Slashdot'ers, its a welcome change for the people that count... the consumer. Its time that these people get their heads out of the sand, and finally realize that the Internet is a consumer world now, and must evolve to meet the consumer's needs. HTML, CSS, and any other new markup technologies are just patching an outdated system. Its time to move on.
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