July 3, 2003 at 7:05 PM
There has been a lot of discussion about Microsoft and their decision to no longer release a stand-alone Internet Explorer browser. Coupled with that is the impact this decision may have on Web Standards. You can read comments from Eric Meyer, WASP, IA Slash, ZDnet, Brainstorms and Raves and IDblog. My opinion is that I don't feel this will effect standards, however I do feel it will affect the way we build web sites in the distant future. There will always be new browsers, there will always be new versions of those browsers and with it there will always be bugs in the implementation of those browsers and how they interpret web standards. This is why Progressive Enhancement is so important to the future of web design (see the original presentation here).