It’s disappointing and sad that inventor of the free and open web Tim Berners-Lee, has allowed the vested interests of Hollywood to influence the W3C, which is pushing ahead with implementing DRM in direct conflict with the web’s founding principles. Let’s hope that, as with XHTML, a fork of HTML will win out and destroy this misguided action.
A fantastic piece demonstrating just why DRM is such a bad thing for consumers, and innovation.
There is one problem, though. They’ve announced that sites including CNN, Facebook and MySpace won’t work correctly. Users of the browser will have to choose to view these sites in “Compatibility View”. That sounds painful. It smacks of the “cancel or allow” ‘safety‘ feature in Vista.
It’s great that Microsoft are finally supporting standards. It’s long overdue and it should give the many standards ignorant web developers in the world a good kick up the arse.
Can you hear the “but” coming?
BUT… what are users going to do when, after upgrading to IE8, their favourite sites stop working? Some won’t even know there are alternative browsers and will think it’s a problem with their PC. Cue lots of restarts, calls to broadband providers and flicking through the Yellow Pages.
Though admirable, could Microsoft’s harsh line just frustrate IE users and web developers? Could this move fuel more browser-switching?