Hakon Wium Lie (CTO of Opera):
In the area of web browsers, Opera Software has proposed a specific kind of remedy – that Microsoft only be allowed to distribute standards-compliant browsers. Microsoft’s IE is bug-ridden and the company, despite its vast resources, has shown little interest in fixing problems that cost web designers time and sleep. IE dominates the web due to its being bundled with Windows. This forces web designers to prioritize coding for IE. Coding for standards-compliant browsers becomes a secondary consideration.
Microsoft is keenly aware of this and therefore has little interest in improving their support for standards. They will never become standards compliant unless forced by someone in a position to demand a change, something that users and customers are not. Requiring standard compliance would greatly lessen Microsoft’s monopolistic stranglehold in the web browser market, would delight web developers everywhere and would, ironically, make IE a better product.
He’s a fan of Microsoft’s latest proposals in conjunction with IE8…