XML News from Thursday, June 1, 2006

The Mozilla Project has posted the third alpha of Firefox 2.0, code named "Bon Echo". New features in this release include:

I'm sorry, but that last one is just plain wrong. It's like cookies but worse. Apparently someone noticed that cookies don't actually do what they're supposed to do (Well, duh; but what do you expect when you completely violate one of the fundamental principles of the Web architecture?), but rather than turning around and figuring out how HTTP is supposed to work, (Hint: the lack of sessions is a feature--not a bug.) these incompetents have gone even further in the wrong direction. I know that in 1995 a lot of people back then didn't really understand the Web. This certainly included myself and the Netscape engineers who invented cookies. However I thought we'd learned a few things in the last 10 years. At least I did. I'm sorry to see that browser vendors didn't. At least Microsoft didn't sign on for this one (though Apple, Google, and Opera did). Maybe this time IE will uncharacteristically serve as a bulwark of sanity against this particularly stupidity.