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The Bahá'í Faith
The purpose of learning should be the promotion of the welfare of the people, and this can be achieved through crafts. It hath been revealed and is now repeated that the true worth of artists and craftsmen should be appreciated, for they advance the affairs of mankind. Just as the foundations of religion are made firm through the Law of God, the means of livelihood depend upon those who are engaged in arts and crafts. True learning is that which is conducive to the well-being of the world, not to pride and self-conceit, or to tyranny, violence and pillage. (Bahá'u'lláh)

I rejoice to hear that thou takest pains with thine art, for in this wonderful new age, art is worship. The more thou strivest to perfect it, the closer wilt thou come to God. What bestowal could be greater than this, that one's art should be even as the act of worshipping the Lord? That is to say, when thy fingers grasp the paintbrush, it is as if thou wert at prayer in the Temple. ('Abdu'l-Bahá)

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Wednesday, March 16, 2005
CSS Support Could Be Internet Explorer's Weakest Link
By Mary Jo Foley and Ryan Naraine, eWEEK


Microsoft will be doing a lot to make developers and customers happy with its pending Internet Explorer release, if partner sources with inside information on the IE 7.0 browser are right.

But there's one area where Microsoft won't be winning a lot of applause.

The company will continue to drag its feet by refusing to provide full support for the CSS2 (Cascading Style Sheets Level 2) W3C (Worldwide Web Consortium) standard, Microsoft partners say.

Sources claiming familiarity with Microsoft's IE 7.0 plans said the company will add some additional CSS2 support to its new standalone browser.

But Microsoft isn't planning to go the whole way and make IE 7.0 fully CSS2 compliant, sources said.

IE 7.0 is expected to go to beta testers this summer.

Microsoft has declined to provide a final ship-date target for the release, which will be designed for machines running Windows XP Service Pack 2, Windows XP Professional x64 and Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 1.

But some sources hear that Microsoft is planning to ship the final IE 7.0 release this fall.

IE developers and users have been clamoring for full CSS2 support for years.

CSS2 is a style-sheet language that allows developers to attach font, spacing, speech and other information to structured HTML documents and XML applications.

CSS2 separates the presentation style of documents from document content with the goal of simplifying Web authoring and site maintenance.

One partner said that Microsoft considers CSS2 to be a "flawed" standard and that the company is waiting for a later point release, such as CSS2.1 or CSS3, before throwing its complete support behind it.

When asked about its plans for supporting CSS2 in IE 7.0, a Microsoft spokeswoman said, "Unfortunately we can't disclose anything about IE 7 right now, so we won't be able to comment on standards and CSS2."

The spokeswoman instead pointed to Microsoft's IE Weblog, where company officials are highlighting Microsoft's partial CSS2 compliance in IE 6.0, the most recent version of Microsoft's Web browser.

Some demand full compliance

A number of Web developers and customers have maintained that partial CSS2 compliance doesn't provide cross-platform interoperability and other benefits that full compliance does.

"Now that sites like Google Maps have shown how much Web designers can do with CSS and DHTML [dynamic HTML], it would be a shame for Microsoft to ignore CSS2 in IE 7.0," said James Thiele, a Seattle-based consultant and trainer.

Robert McLaws, president of Interscape Technologies, is among those who say they are disappointed at the initial word that full CSS2 support won't be coming with the browser refresh.

"Full CSS2 support is the one thing that every developer has been asking for. CSS2 is a great standard and, at some point, Microsoft will probably support it fully. But, the longer they take to do it, the more they alienate developers," McLaws said.

McLaws, a .Net developer and consultant, said full CSS2 support would give Web developers more control over how pages are rendered. Right now, IE's lack of support for fixed positioning is one of the biggest headaches for developers.

"You have to write code for IE and then you have to write code for all the other browsers. No sane developer can ignore IE, because it is the dominant browser, but because of the way Microsoft deals with the standards, you have lots of sites that are not standards-compliant," McLaws added.

McLaws, who runs the Longhornblogs network, said a lot of "extra time and resources" had to be expended to make the site render the same way on all Web browsers.

"What is Microsoft's job? If their job is to make it dirt easy for developers to create great Web sites, and they don't support the same standards that other browsers support, they're making my job more difficult."

Sean Mitchell, a Web developer and IT consultant based in Ontario, Canada, echoed those gripes.

"I can build a Web site that works fine in a dozen flavors of Mozilla-based browsers, across countless different versions of several different operating systems, but the same page renders differently on different instances of Internet Explorer. That's always an issue.

"Typically, about 20 percent of my time goes into coding a site to spec, that works in standards-based browsers, and then 80 percent to make it look right in IE," Mitchell said.

"It seems to me that if Microsoft is going to bring out IE 7.0, then it should be up to all the latest standards," said another user, who requested anonymity.

"For now, anyway, it looks like all they are going to do is bring out another slightly updated version of IE that will still need constant updating and patches to fix all the 'holes' just like the current version, instead of giving people what they really want and need—a secure browser," the user added.

A possible focus on security issues.

Michael Cherry, senior analyst at Directions on Microsoft, said he believes the software giant's biggest focus will be on security issues with features and standards support taking a back seat.

"There really is not a groundswell of experts or analysts saying that customers should abandon IE because it doesn't support tabbed browsing or comply fully with CSS specifications.

"There may be frustration over these points, but it does not seem that Microsoft has to address them before Longhorn, or risk losing market share to any competitive browser," Cherry told eWEEK.com.

"It also seems that CSS support may be more important for client side work, and full or complete CSS support makes a thin client more attractive. This would seem to be counter to Microsoft's push for 'rich' clients. So you might not expect them to rush to fix any issues in this area," Cherry added.

"I am not sure customers should be looking for an IE 7.0 release before Longhorn to address anything more than security, unless there are other issues that are potentially giving competitive browsers, such as Firefox, an advantage over IE such that users would make a change to get. Any thing other than security can probably wait for Longhorn, or longer," he added.

From a developer's standpoint, Mitchell disagrees.

"IE is missing some very useful things, like max-width. You have to hack your way around it, and then you run the risk that the page will break when Microsoft improves IE's standards support. Even now, I expect many, many sites out there will break badly when IE 7 hits the street."

"The same developers who chose to cut corners will now have to put a lot of work into fixing their sites," Mitchell added.

However, not everyone is clamoring for full CSS2 support.

"CSS 2.0 has a few nice features, but realistically, I don't think it being in there makes much difference either way," said a Windows developer, who requested anonymity.

http://www.microsoft-watch.com/article2/0,,1776935,00.asp




June 29, 2004
US-CERT: Beware of IE
By Ryan Naraine


The U.S. government's Computer Emergency Readiness Team (US-CERT) is warning Web surfers to stop using Microsoft's Internet Explorer (IE) browser.

On the heels of last week's sophisticated malware attack that targeted a known IE flaw, US-CERT updated an earlier advisory to recommend the use of alternative browsers because of "significant vulnerabilities" in technologies embedded in IE.

"There are a number of significant vulnerabilities in technologies relating to the IE domain/zone security model, the DHTML object model, MIME-type determination, and ActiveX. It is possible to reduce exposure to these vulnerabilities by using a different Web browser, especially when browsing untrusted sites," US-CERT noted in a vulnerability note.

The latest US-CERT position comes at a crucial time for Microsoft , which has invested heavily to add secure browsing technologies in the coming Windows XP Service Pack 2. The software giant has spent the last few months talking up the coming IE security improvements but the slow response to patching well-known -- and sometimes "critical" -- browser holes isn't sitting well with security experts.

On discussion lists and message boards, security researchers have spent a lot of time beating the "Dump IE" drum, and the US-CERT notice is sure to lend credibility to the movement away from the world's most popular browser.

US-CERT is a non-profit partnership between the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the public and private sectors. It was established in September 2003 to improve computer security preparedness and response to cyber attacks in the United States.

It has been more than two weeks since Microsoft confirmed the existence on an "extremely critical" IE bug, which was being used to load adware/spyware and malware on PCs without user intervention but, even though the company hinted it would go outside its monthly security update cycle to issue a fix, the flaw remains unpatched.

US-CERT researchers say the IE browser does not adequately validate the security context of a frame that has been redirected by a Web server. It opens the door for an attacker to exploit the flaw by executing script in different security domains.

"By causing script to be evaluated in the Local Machine Zone, the attacker could execute arbitrary code with the privileges of the user running IE," according to the advisory.

"Functional exploit code is publicly available, and there are reports of incidents involving this vulnerability."

To protect against the flaw, IE users are urged to disable Active scripting and ActiveX controls in the Internet Zone (or any zone used by an attacker). Other temporary workarounds include the application of the Outlook e-mail security update; the use of plain-text e-mails and the use of anti-virus software.

Surfers must also get into the habit of not clicking on unsolicited URLs from e-mail, instant messages, Web forums or internet relay chat (IRC) sessions.

http://www.internetnews.com/security/article.php/3374931



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