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Microsoft man: Internet Explorer had to go because it's garbage

Richard Plinston Silver badge

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, ...

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Template:Timeline_of_web_browsers

> 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.

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