Today the Web Standards Project and Microsoft have announced the formation of a collaborative Task Force that will provide technical help in moving Microsoft products like Visual Studio and ASP.NET closer to web standards.
Since these products often generate HTML code on the fly, and since this code until now was a hodgepodge of bad practices, outdated techniques, and even worse practices, the improved standards support of Visual Studio and ASP.NET will surely promote the use of good markup, good CSS, and maybe even modern DOM Scripting.
Added to the recent standards drive of the Internet Explorer team, this announcement clearly shows that Microsoft is serious in its desire to adhere to the W3C standards, even though many technical issues remain to be solved.
I, for one, welcome Microsoft aboard, and hope that these new developments will mean the end of yet another batch of browser incompatibilities.
I’ll be around at the following conferences:
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