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[vox] For MSFT page: Opera CTO notes interoperability issues
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[vox] For MSFT page: Opera CTO notes interoperability issues

One of Microsoft's current FUD tacks is the "interoperability" chimera.

Funny, that.

It appears that there are, um, certain issues with Microsoft's ability
to interoperate on, say, a standards-based medium like the World Wide

Opera's CTO, Hakon Lie, has a *very* nice laundry list at The Register
on interop issues:


    Opera to MS: Get real about interoperability, Mr Gates
    By Hakon Lie
    Published Friday 11th February 2005 18:00 GMT

    Last week Bill Gates got the interoperability religion. Allegedly -
    given Microsoft's long and sometimes less than constructive history
    in the field of interoperability, a certain amount of scepticism is
    perhaps appropriate. Hakon Lie, Chief Technology Officer of
    long-standing Microsoft competitor Opera Software, welcomes Gates'
    new-found enthusiasm for interoperability, but in the following
    response to Gates, has just a few suggestions about what Microsoft
    might do to actually achieve it.

    So, Mr. Gates, writes Hakon Lie, you say you believe in
    interoperability. Then why, pray tell, doesn't the web page of your
    interoperability communiqué conform to the HTML4 standard as it
    claims to? Why does the W3C validator diagnose 126 errors on your

    You say you believe in interoperability. Then why is your document
    served in different versions to different browsers? Why does your
    server sniff out the Opera browser and send it different style
    sheets from the ones you send to Microsoft's own Internet Explorer
    (WinIE)? As a result, Opera renders the page differently.

    You say you believe in interoperability. Why does the Hotmail
    service deny Opera access to the same scripts as Microsoft's own
    browser? As a result, Opera users can't delete junk mail.


Nice summary of some very major, and apparently highly deliberate,
noninteroperablity issues.


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