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Ian Hickson : Comments

By Craig Saila

June 30, 2004


Ian Hickson

July 1, 2004 4:20 AM

This interview was written before we attended the workshop — so I can now answer “So, are you able to say what some of your plans are?“ in more detail: namely, our plans are to write up new specs to achieve the goals I described in the article, through the Web Hypertext Application Technology Working Group (WHATWG). It’s an open group, all input welcome. We already have a draft call for comments specification and are asking for feedback.

Luke Shingles

July 1, 2004 10:35 AM

I notice this site is being sent as text/html. What is the reason for that? If you’re using php just paste this code at the top.

if (stristr($_SERVER[“HTTP_ACCEPT”],“application/xhtml+xml”

Flavio Mendes

July 2, 2004 11:37 AM

Some pages are so clean and funcional.
Congratulations for website.

ps. The menu is very good.


July 2, 2004 6:34 PM

Microsoft are dragging the entire industry back by forcing everyone to have to write to a lowest common denominator that is years out of date.

Damn right! Makes me seriously angry.

Paul Barton

July 7, 2004 5:11 AM

I agree with alot of what Ian say’s, particularly the idea’s about documents and applications. Ted Nelson also has similar ideas incorperated into his ‘Deep Lit’ concept.
The problem with any new idea’s is with the browser market so artificially squeued one way how to address the balance. Maybe some sort of ‘iPod’ effect where some part of product becomes so cool the technology ‘iTunes’ is quickly and readily adopted is the answer.


July 8, 2004 5:53 PM

Hmmm. Someone should get together a group dedicated to removing IE from the web. They’d probably get the support of almost all the web developers in the world.

Kai Hendry

July 9, 2004 8:29 AM

Luke! Read this:


July 9, 2004 7:50 PM

Because almost everyone uses Windows, almost everyone uses Internet Explorer. Often people think downloading another browser would cause their privacy information to be stolen, or they think that IE is more secure (which is entirely false). Thankfully, some recent articles on security have enlightened many users. Some developers have chosen to send text-only versions of their sites to Internet Explorer users (that is, no CSS for IE). While this is an understandable solution, I would only do such a thing temporarily. My site may lack many interesting features or layout techniques, but I’d prefer to have at least some styling.

I entirely agree with your comments, Ian, Internet Explorer is holding back the newest technologies of the Internet; and with the upcoming IE7, which will not be free (unless purchased with the Longhorn operating system), hopefully more users will go with free browsers such as Opera or Mozilla.

Jens Meiert

July 17, 2004 11:51 AM

Ironically, there are many Web designers and developers complaining about IE’s restrictions but still use this browser. The least you can do is to ‘upgrade’ (and, unfortunately, suffer from some other manufacturers teething troubles).

Sorry, comments are closed.

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