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“If Microsoft were to follow more standards more carefully, you as an end user would have more choice of browsers,” he asserted.

Users may be more sanguine about the browser situation than the EC’s complaint suggests. Guntis Bukalders, a communication director for the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Riga, Latvia, said earlier IE versions had problems with Web standards, but no more: “I have to admit that since IE7 things are not so bad,” Mr. Bukalders said. “Today I don’t even check for IE compatibility; I develop site[s] for Safari and check Firefox compatibility.”