Today, Jeffrey Zeldman made a fine post about the lacking support for the PNG file format in Internet Explorer for Windows. He explains it very well (and links to a great demo page – but it won’t work in IE/Win) and links to a petition to encourage Microsoft to fix the situation.
Online petitions don’t work. No one cares. I know – I started a petition last year (embarrassed). Of course, it can’t hurt to sign the petition. I did. But so did “Bill Gates”.
This is an important need of the web development community being expressed by a prominent member of the community. Microsoft needs to respond. However, I expect that they will not. Each little issue like this erodes a little more from Microsoft’s (massive) foundation and will lead people towards alternatives (like the fine Mozilla Firebird browser).
It is good for Zeldman to bring attention to the issue, and a simple “we’re working on it” response from Microsoft would make a big difference in how the company is perceived. However, I expect it would take a call from a “real” reporter to get a quote from them. Let’s hope they surprise me.