After reading this post on IEBlog, particularily this part:
“I’d love to say more about what we’re working on right now on this front. I can’t.”
… I just felt I needed to vent a little frustration and make a request to the team.
I don’t understand why you guys can’t talk about what you’re doing with IE. It seems like every other important development effort inside Microsoft has opened up and embraced the community by sharing all the latest and greatest things they’re working on (VS.NET 2005, SqlServer 2005, Longhorn, etc.). So why not they IE team? You’re product, more than any other has been under heavy fire for the past few years and it’s almost like you’re not willing to stand up for it and prove to us that you’re working towards better standards support.
I don’t blame IE for the non-standards they had implemented. I’m not some anti-MS, Mozilla zealot that doesn’t understand that IE had most of the features at least two years before the W3C actually defined a standard for them (e.g. DOM Level 2 Events). I actually support you, but, and I think I speak for a lot of people here, I feel like you’ve abandoned IE. I realize you must be doing something. I can’t imagine Microsoft would have actually stopped all work on the browser, but… being that it’s been so long since there was any buzz around the product, I’m beginning to wonder.
Open up. Share with us. IEBlog is a good start, but it’s been relatively quiet and (currently) lacks any real detail on what the IE team is doing. Take a hint from the Whidbey team and get IE into a public bug tracking/feature request database. My first two requests (and I’m sure most would agree with these) would be to deliver rock solid CSS2 and DOM level 2 Events in the next release. There are some utterly frustrating bugs with the former and having two client side code paths because you lack support the latter is just… well… annoying.