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)."
"Yes, we are talking with IE developers.
No, I can’t make any predictions regarding IE’s future. Microsoft will have to comment on that.
However, I will say that all the
developers we’re talking with both inside the TF and as an extension of
the TF are very, very interested, open to our suggestions and
commentary, and it is overall in my estimation a really cool experience
to be working with Microsoft as opposed to against them."
On the subject of IE, WaSP issued Microsoft with a challenge in April, called Acid2, to test for compliance. Hope this goes well...