Prodded by a 35,000-signature petition, Microsoft and Netscape have agreed to sign an "interoperability pledge" with the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C). This pledge is a promise from both companies that they will cooperate on creating open Internet standards and will cease the development of proprietary tags. The petition, started by ZD-Net and supported by the Internet Nexus, protested the Netscape/Microsoft fighting as being detrimental to the industry.

"Users were just outraged that these two companies were taking the Web dream of anyone reading any document anywhere, and putting it at risk," said AnchorDesk Editorial Director Jesse Berst.

Representatives of Netscape and Microsoft will sign the agreement next week and formally announce their support of the pledge.

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