I was fortunate enough to spend an afternoon with Molly on her world tour to the edge of nowhere. We had lunch in a restaurant overlooking the Swan River and talked. Took a ferry over the river and sat in a cafe/restaurant, talked including me trying to explain WA’s archaic licensing laws as we drank coffee, if we bought a meal it could of been beer . Before catching the ferry back, wandering the street of Perth, seeing some bronze kangaroos before finding a pub for a beer and even more conversation. The photographic proof is on Molly’s flickr account
We discussed a wide range of topics, a couple of which need to reach a wider audience.
Microsoft and IE8
Microsoft is split into two divisions, Windows and Software Development, with even my limited understanding of organisational politics, it became apparent to me why:
- The Outlook team choose the inferior Office HTML rendering engine over the better IE HTML engine. Is so much easier to get the work done with teams with similar goals than negotiate with another team and their management who have a different agenda.
- IE8 will only render in super standards mode if a web page specifically asks it to. This is a business decision that works for Windows, not for IE or any online services provided by Microsoft.
When WASP (Web Standards Project) started in 1998 (and I was too scared to get involved because I did not believe my skills were that good) some of the participants expected formal standards would come out of it, but 10 years later nothing has. Instead the moniker Web Standards has been adopted by people to build web sites to W3C recommendations. ECMA scripting which is a standard rarely rates a mention in Web Standards literature.