. Phase II: the weblog. Looks great – have to take a closer look this weekend.
This time the story comes to us from Tom Murphy, who has been asked to remove a program he developed to do nothing more than change a flag contained (in the clear) in a typeface file. The askers? Agfa Monotype and ITC. Judging by the standards that lawyers and companies are attempting to apply, any pencil or pen is a “circumvention device” under the DMCA.
is taking a break: “At this time, The Web Standards Project, which has been winding down for the past two years, takes a gentle leave of absence. When needed, we will make ourselves heard in other ways, in other places – and perhaps mark the occasion with a small note here.”
: the New York Public Library Style Guide. A real-world example of how to make the move to web standards.
today when the story broke that MSN.com shuts out non-Microsoft browsers. Their stated reason? “‘For browsers that we know don’t support those standards or that we can’t insure will get a great experience for the customer, we do serve up a page that suggests that they upgrade to an IE browser that does support the’ standards.”
Well it might seem like that’s what this is about. But it’s not. They’ve clearly taken on similar tactics – but wrapping themselves up in W3C standards? It’s BS. Utter bullshit.
Fact is, for all their hemming and hawing about web standards, MSN works fine in Netscape 6.1 for OS X, Omniweb, and even Netscape 4.7x (well, it displays, if only minimally). No, this isn’t about web standards. This is obviously about trying to get people to upgrade to a particular standards-compliant browser.
I’m not surprised or angry with MS though. I expect this sort of behaviour from them. But to pervert the work of people legitimately trying to support and encourage web standards? Bullshit.