Shamelessly Lame Award: And the “Shamelessly Lame” award this week once again goes to Microsoft for the MSN lockout in the name of “standards.”
“Microsoft has said it has reopened the redesigned MSN site to rival browser makers, but as of Friday morning, the most recent browsers from Mozilla.org and Opera Software still could not access MSN. Netscape users also continued to report access problems.”
Here is what Dan Gillmore's interview with Tim Berner-Lee had to say about the matter:
“If the claim for standards-compliant browsers is to be considered true, then it would follow that the msn site itself follows W3C standards for either HTML or XHTML, for CSS (style sheets) and for Web Accessibility. One can test the compliance of the site by using the W3C Validator Service, at this site.
Running the msn.com homepage through the validator on Friday showed the site did not use valid XHTML and did not meet the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines.”
Microsoft continues to say one thing and do another. The decision to lock out other browsers from MSN is so shamelessly lame I can hardly type the words. [Craig Burton: logs, links, life, and lexicon]