>Should we downgrade a standard to please the browsers or should we leave it, and force the browsers to get on the ball?

It sucks but as much as developers would like the standard to be standard it's not. Users don't care what some dev thinks a standard is they only care on if it looks good now. if it doesn't it looks shoddy. While frustrating it's not usually too hard to code to the lowest common denominator.
-- AaronS