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I just finished reading C¦Net's article on the subject... I must say I'm amused to see them say they're blocking Mozilla and Opera because of a lack of standard compliance, while allowing Netscape 4.x users in.
And the next version of Opera has Unicode. That means Opera's target audience just grew by half the planet.
(the next version of Opera is awesome - best version since 3.21 - 3 years ago). It puts Opera feature-for-feature ahead of ms and moz in every department.
Caine, you'll have to run a proxy like Proxomitron to fool msn.
suits me fine, i even write pages for opera, as i think it is brillant, msn is the last place i would go for news, serps or anything to be honest, i just optimize for its listings, dose'nt mean i use it, and if you were too ask me what i now think of MS for this little stunt - well they can go and .... themselves.
hopefully they will get a real earbashing of the press, and wake up a few more people to the potential of ms global domination.
The irony of Microsoft's claim to standards-support is complete when you check the MSN.com site for compliance with the XHTML standard. Anyone can go to the W3C's standards validation service at [validator.w3.org...] and type in www.msn.com. The document returned demonstrates clearly that not a single document on their site adheres to W3C specifications, and many of their documents do not use XHTML at all, e.g. [careers.msn.com...]
because the company hadn't provided support for a variety of competing browsers
they will continue to have a "degraded experience" because the browsers don't support XHTML. Users may see different colors or page rendering when they go to MSN.com.
sounds to me like they are going to be presenting two different websites - the right one if UA is MSIE and a 'degraded' version for all other UAs.
Anyway, their thing about requiring "standards-compliant" browsers to read XHTML is horsepucky.
In the last upgrade, we had to keep re-installing the new IE version because of bugs!
Its a shame really that they have taken such a silly stance excluding visitors from their portal seeing that the site has improved dramatically I.M.H.O.
I wouldnt like to be a marketing manager for msn.com right now!