ECMAScript and Internet Explorer
Chris Wilson, the Platform Architect for IE (and generally a reasonable fellow) has put up a short post on the IEBlog on ECMAScript 4. I’ll quote it in its entirely since it is nearly gnomic in its brevity:
If the Internet is going to change and develop anyway, they might as well get on the train with everyone else and support standards that people get together and agree on. Otherwise, IE runs the risk of their browser share simply eroding away as the rest of the world moves forward. Of course, many of us are pretty convinced that this is going to happen anyway and it isn’t a bad thing. The problem here is that as long as IE comes with an operating system that has the majority of the market, it is still going to be the 500 lb. gorilla sitting sullenly in the corner.
Update for 10/31: Chris Wilson has posted a much longer personal response today to the accusations by various parties that IE is trying to stop the web from moving forward. It is worth a read.