The Rest of the Gang - Internet Explorer 5.0: With Style, Finally? - Style Watch
Internet Explorer 5.0: With Style, Finally?
The Rest of the Gang
HTML and CSS aren't the only technologies at stake in Internet Explorer 5.0. A host of new things are on the bleeding edge of Web technology waiting to be implemented, and Internet Explorer 5.0 claims to do a lot towards this end. Although not strictly our topic, we'll have a look and see if Microsoft's programmers can be excused because they were busy concentrating on other things...
XML can be processed by IE 5.0, sort of. You see XML is sort of
useless without a style sheet language, and we already saw that CSS is
hideously broken in the browser. Microsoft, however, was very
enthusiastic about Internet Explorer's XSL support. XSL support? Are
these people completely nuts? We have a second-generation style sheet
language in a well-defined specification and they rush to implement a
draft specification? Why? XSL isn't even close to its final form, it's
a rough draft, and unuseable. XML and CSS have been around for so long
people can claim to be experts on them even though we don't have a
release browser supporting them yet! And even if you're thinking of
using XML namespaces to give your documents semantic content, you'll
be displeased to know that Internet Explorer breaks XML namespaces as
well. Yes, you can use the HTML namespace, but only if you use the
html, which is terrible in various respects I won't go
into right now. In short, XML support made its debut broken and
misimplemented, as was expected. Let's move on.
So Microsoft hasn't done much to implement other technologies. Well, is that unreasonable? Can Microsoft be excused for doing such a lousy job? Is implementing all of these specifications so difficult? Why don't we ask the competition?
Produced by Stephanos Piperoglou and
Created: April 7, 1999
Revised: Apr 30, 1999