Re: Revisionist History
> When web apps were first being developed there was really only a choice of Netscape or IE
It sounds like you were rather late to the game. Before IE existed there were several browsers: Mosaic, IBM WebExplorer, MacWeb, ...
> The fact that the standards bodies chose not to adopt MS extensions but go another way is really a large cause of the problems we have now.
Nonsense. There were established standards but Microsoft added extensions (as you say) that were deliberately non-standard is order to encourage web developers to make IE-only sites. For example FrontPage (a bought in product) was changed to generate those non-standard extensions to ensure that IE-only sites were really easy to make.