9.28.2005

Browser Wars: A History of Loathing

The wiki http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Browser_wars says:

The browser wars ended when Internet Explorer ceased to have any serious competition for its market share. This also brought an end to the rapid innovation in web browsers; there have been no new versions of Internet Explorer since version 6.0, released in 2001 (which itself was little different from version 5.5, as the main purpose of version 6.0 was to bundle it with Windows XP).

The wiki has been authored largely by Brian Kendig, a nice guy that used to work for Netscape and Apple and really doesn't like MS at all. It needs more fleshing out since Brian took off for Disney World every day.

These are my notes:

W3C Are Legion (and dictate development)
http://www.w3.org/

Applications & Marketing Subjugate Language
Earlier in the year, all .rm files were redistributed as .smil files (smile) - RealNetworks wants consumers to think of .smil as synonymous with RealPlayer, but Quicktime also handles these files.

The Tactical Campaign to Destroy Opera http://www.opera.com/pressreleases/en/2003/02/14/

Slate & MSN Accept Firefox (as one of their own?)
http://slate.msn.com/id/2103152/

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