31 August 2003
Bill Gates and the Templates of Doom
A couple of weeks ago, Microsoft lost a civil suit filed by Eolas Technologies, charging patent infringement. Damages of over $500 million were assessed.
The World Wide Web Consortium convened a meeting the next week to see how this verdict would impact the Web and its future development. Microsoft, a W3C member, indicated that Internet Explorer would be revised, presumably to remove the offending code.
The Register suggests that one motivation for the Microsoft move would be to avoid paying future royalties to Eolas. (As the Bill Gates character said in an episode of The Simpsons, "I didn't get rich by writing a lot of checks.") The financial aspects mean very little to you or to me, but inasmuch as a rather large portion of us test our Web stuff on some version of IE, we may be in for some rewriting somewhere down the line. Not that we aren't constantly tweaking and editing and rewriting already, of course.