Microsoft muzzles IE chief's 'native HTML' nonsense
Balderdash bug report closed
Microsoft has abandoned its nonsensical effort to recast HTML as a native Windows technology. We can once again applaud the company's long overdue embrace of the latest web standards.
In April, with a speech at the company's annual MIX conference and an accompanying blog post, head IE man Dean Hachamovitch announced that the upcoming Internet Explorer 10 would deliver "the next wave of progress" in what he called "native HTML5 support". It was a breathtaking moment.
"Web sites and HTML5 run best when they run natively, on a browser optimized for the operating system on your device," he wrote. "We built IE9 from the ground up for HTML5 and for Windows to deliver the most native HTML5 experience and the best Web experience on Windows. IE10 continues on IE9’s path."
Even by Microsoft's standards, this was an epically ridiculous attempt to remake the web in its own image. "[The 'native html' tag] basically contradicts the entire idea of the web as non-native and platform-agnostic. You know, the idea the entire web was built on?" was the response from Opera man Haavard Moen. "HTML5 is not native. It is not supposed to be native. It is silly to even attempt to tie HTML5 to a specific platform."
But it appears that Microsoft has now realized the error of its ways – at least in this case. "I don't know that you'll see us refer to native HTML in the future," freshly-made Internet Explorer evangelist Ari Bixhorn said during a visit to The Register's San Francisco HQ on Thursday, indicating that the tagline was ill-advised.
"The way I think about it is: HTML5 is HTML5. You implement the standard to the letter and then in addition to that, there are ways to differentiate the broader web browsing experience," Bixhorn said. "If you look at our hardware acceleration implementation and you compare it to other browser makers, we're all doing the HTML5 spec, but we're able to differentiate the experience in IE. With site pinning, it's outside of the bounds of HTML, but we're creating a better experience there too."
Other browser makers disagree with Bixhorn's take on IE's hardware acceleration, and he declined to discuss the particulars, saying he would provide a detailed comparison of hardware acceleration on IE, Firefox, and Chrome at a later date. But the point is that he clearly realizes Microsoft can't expect to pull the proverbial wool over the eyes of seasoned web developers. "Native HTML" is no more. Ex-Firefox lead developer Mike Beltzner can close his bug report.
Ari Bixhorn's brain
The security of WebGL is also open for debate. One morning last month, both Microsoft's Security Research Center and he UK-based Context Information Security published reports questioning the security of the emerging standard, but these advisories were pooh poohed by many across the industry, including one of Microsoft's own security researchers.
Bixhorn did say that if WebGL is deemed secure, it might find a place in IE. "If the spec has its security holes patches and things like that, I think it would fall into the category of any other specification...something that could be considered for the future," he said. "The security efforts around WebGL right now make it a non-starter for us." ®
listening to Microsoft is like listening to OJ Simpson
everybody knows and nobody would listen to OJ Simpson say he didn't kill those people. Why does anyone publish or listen to Microsoft people? I would be shocked and stunned if Microsoft supported WebGL unless there was a way for them to subvert it so it was a Windows-only implementation. They do not care about standards because standards don't keep Windows the only important thing in the world.
we don't care or listen to OJ any more so can we please stop publishing Microsoft people mouthing how everything but their shit stinks?
Pinning the tale back on the donkey!
'...the IE "pinning" tool, which lets you drag and drop links to off-visited websites onto you desktop.'
ROFL till my teeth fell out.
OS/2 Warp 3 and 4 had drag/n/drop EVERYWHERE in the 1990s.
Netscape 4 for OS/2 Wap had d/n/d of HTML linnks to the desktop at the same time.
Mozilla for OS/2-eCS STILL has it.
Missing something? Yes.
Site pinning is far more than simply being able to drag links to create shortcuts (which IE has also done for aeons). Pinned sites can provide a task list to the Windows shell and also report status via their icon, even when the page isn't open (e.g. showing how many unread emails you have). It's pretty cool functionality really.