01.06.10

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Microsoft Might Embrace and Extend SVG

Posted in Java, Windows at 12:14 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

SVG logoSummary: Microsoft and SVG — like many prior fake marriages — may blend very poorly

FOR many years, Microsoft has essentially attacked SVG by being more of less the only company that pushed for a proprietary alternative (part of OOXML). Microsoft is constantly attacking standards, including web standards and even ODF, whose interoperability it damages [1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7]. Let’s not forget what Microsoft tried to do to Java.

Microsoft is now claiming to have “joined” SVG and one of our readers has asked: “What damage are they planning on doing?”

As a part of Microsoft’s continued commitment to interoperability and standards support, yesterday we submitted our request to join the Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) Working Group of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C). We’re excited to take part in ensuring future versions of the SVG spec will meet the needs of developers and end users.

Microsoft has joined to advance its shareholders’ interests and since Microsoft’s value lies in locking of markets and removal of choice (illegal deals), this cannot pass without scrutiny. Microsoft is the boy that cried “Wolf!”, divorcing from standards many times before and fined by the courts for it.

“What we are trying to do is use our server control to do new protocols and lock out Sun and Oracle specifically”

Bill Gates

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2 Comments

  1. Needs Sunlight said,

    January 8, 2010 at 8:50 am

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    If Microsoft wants to help, then the managers can write out a very, very large check and pay to the W3C anonymously and leave it at that.

    If the W3C wants even a chance to continue, then the people there need to show Microsoft the door and not waste time with any of their messages, visits or phone calls. Learn from Massachusetts, OASIS, ISO, and just about any other group that has contact with Microsoft: Show them the door.

  2. Roy Schestowitz said,

    January 8, 2010 at 9:42 am

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    Ask the partner to give you heads up on customer situations – bribe them!”

    Microsoft presentation [PDF]

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