With the new set of W3C standards implementation coming up, it feels like the browser war will get a second round. The Mozilla project has been very active with the SVG support and the results are very impressive. Web applications will be more dynamic than ever. The problem developpers encounter is that very few browsers actually support this new technology and millions of Internet Explorer users will be left behind.
SVG is only the tip of the iceberg. Mozilla’s XForm implementation, which is supposed to replace the forms in XHTML 2.0, has already begun. A few elements CSS3 start to appear. Right now, XHTML 1.1 is impossible to use if IE support is required. Can a sinlge browser really slow down the technology development process?
We can only hope Microsoft will release a new version that at least comply to the standards soon. I wouldn’t expect new technology anytime soon.
Mozilla has been mentionned a lot, but the growing popularity of Macs since OS X also helps the cause. Safari also offers good support for new technologies.