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WaSP to Collaborate with Microsoft to Promote Web Standards

Released: 05 July 2005 | Authors: Molly E.
Holzschlag and Microsoft on behalf of The Web Standards Project

The Web Standards Project forms task force to promote industry support for Web Standards; WaSP to collaborate with Microsoft to promote Web standards and help developers build standards conformant Web applications.

Today the Web Standards Project (WaSP) announced it has formed a task force with Microsoft Corp. to provide support as the company increases Web standards support in its products including Microsoft Visual Studio and ASP.NET. The group will work together to better understand and execute on Web standards as defined by standards bodies such as the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C).

“WaSP is very excited about working with Microsoft and offering our support, advice and assistance,” said Molly E. Holzschlag, WaSP Steering Committee member and noted author and speaker. “We are impressed with the advancement in standards conformance in Visual Studio 2005 and ASP.NET 2.0 and look forward to working with Microsoft to increase standards conformance in future versions of its Web development tools and platform.”

The relationship will enable Microsoft to take advantage of WaSP’s knowledge and expertise in the field of Web standards as it develops tools that provide quality Web standards support. Web developers worldwide will benefit from the relationship as Microsoft will continue to deliver tools that make it easier for Web developers to build standards conformant Web applications using technologies and products such as ASP.NET and Visual Studio.

“Standards are of increasing importance as Web developers strive to make their sites work across all browsers and accessible by the broadest set of customers,” said Brian Goldfarb, product manager for Web Platform and Tools at Microsoft. “ASP.NET 2.0 and Visual Studio 2005 have made great strides in Web standards support, and Microsoft is committed to providing our customers with the best tools possible to create standards-conformant Web applications.”

Today Visual Studio 2005 and ASP.NET 2.0, currently in beta, create XHTML 1.0 transitional markup by default and provide real-time standards and browser markup validation. Developers can validate to XHTML Strict, Transitional and Frameset Document Type Definitions (DTDs), as well as validate their applications against a variety of other standards and browsers including IE6, Mozilla, FireFox, and Opera. Microsoft’s Web development tools in Visual Studio 2005 also allow developers to create documents that conform to Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act and W3C’s Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG).

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