There’s open and then there’s open

Recovered from the Wayback Machine.

As an example of Microsoft’s new commitment to being more open with web developers, the company is releasing the IE8 beta to invited testers only, with a more general release later. Perhaps by “open”, we don’t all mean the same thing?

I also noticed that the company has not provided any answers to the questions we’ve been asking about the “super standards mode”. In particular, nothing from the company about support for XHTML and SVG/MathML. A simple, “Yes, we’re supporting XHTML” would have added real weight to all those bold pronouncements of openness and standards support this last week. Instead, the company spends it’s time, spreading fooflah, and working the community.

As an aside, you know, there’s nothing sadder in nature than a wasp without its stinger.

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