Bill Gates on Web standards: Huh?
In December, Molly E. Holzschlag had the opportunity to talk to Bill Gates for a few minutes. She used that time to ask Bill a few questions about Microsoft’s commitment to implementing Web standards in their products: Who Questions Bill Gates’ Commitment to Web Standards?.
Judging by his answers, Bill Gates does not really know what Web standards are, or why they are important. Not very surprising, but a bit disappointing. It would have been fantastic if he had been able to give straight, honest, and positive answers to Molly’s questions. Especially considering that the new W3C HTML Working Group will be chaired by Microsoft.
Microsoft seems extremely concerned about providing tools that make things easy for application programmers. Why is it so hard for them to realise that Web developers are also important?
Bill tries to belittle those who are skeptical about Microsoft and Web standards:
How can they be skeptical? I guess if your job is to be skeptical, you’d hate to be out of a job!
No, Bill, that is not why people are skeptical. They are skeptical because they find it hard to believe that the richest company in the world can’t afford to make a Web browser whose Web standards support matches that of browsers created by non-profit organisations, open source projects, and one man bands.