p. 27: The second paragraph was censored by Hungry Minds because they didn't like what I said about Microsoft. It should read:
There are some nice features and some good ideas in HTML+TIME. However, the W3C had already given its blessing to SMIL several months before Microsoft proposed HTML+TIME, and SMIL has a lot more momentum and support in the third-party, content creator community. Thus, it seems we're in for yet another knockdown, drag-out, Microsoft-vs.-everybody- else-in-the-known-universe battle which will only leave third-party developers bruised and confused. Web development really would be a lot simpler if Microsoft didn't pick up its toys and go home every time they don't get their way.
If you ever suspected that Microsoft gets special treatment from the press, you're right. They do, though this is sometimes over the writer's strenuous objections. I don't know why they do, but they do.