While I do not disagree with the basic drift of this article, my immediate
response is what's the big surprise? Microsoft is a commercial organisation
with a competitive advantage... ergo, it has no interest in any standards
but it's own. Why does everybody expect a profit oriented organisation to
suddenly develop a dose of altruism just because the issue involved is the
web. Netscape was bankrupt and a drowning man clings to any old piece of
driftwood. Netscape as no competitive advantage to protect and therefore
gives up nothing by supporting standards and may even gain. Both are acting
in their own self interest. However, the article makes out that Netscape
are like some cyber Ark Angel who has come to the rescue of the web. I am
quite sure that if Netscape still dominated the browser market, that they
would display and equal level of disinterest in standards.