Francis Hwang on Sat, 20 Apr 2002 15:45:03 +0200 (CEST)

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Brandon wrote:

>Also, if you are forced to optimized your HTML for Macs and WIndows
>versions of IE and netscape, and Palms, and so on, aren't you
>controlled by MORE proprietary systems than the Flasher designer who
>is enslaved by Macromedia and achieve cross-platform stability?

God, are you still optimizing HTML for different browsers and 
platforms? I'm sorry.

There are _tons_ of people writing web pages today who don't have to 
think one bit about what browser they're using. That's because HTML 
is a standard, and that standard is implemented by a bunch of 
different browsers, written by a bunch of different organizations. 
And it's becoming more of a standard every day: Recent reports that 
AOL is about to make its main browser Mozilla-based means that the 
power of proprietary Microsoft-introduced tags will be on the wane.

This is the recipe for engineering success: multiple vendors 
supporting unified standards. It worked the same with threaded 
screws, and it'll work for HTML, too. Sure, it's a little slower than 
placing all your faith in Microsoft or Macromedia and burning some 
incense and praying they make your lives easier instead of harder. 
But good things are worth waiting for, aren't they?


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