I Blame Microsoft

This is what Tim Bray writes about IE:

The problem isn’t that CSS is too hard. The problem isn’t browser incompatibilities in general. The problem is specifically that Microsoft Internet Explorer is a mouldering, out-of-date, amateurish, out-of-date pile of dung. Did I say it’s out-of-date? As in past its sell-by, seen better days, mutton dressed as lamb, superannuated, time-worn. It’s so, like, you know, so twentieth-century.

Well put. The masses, the people who don’t know and don’t care what web browser they use, will almost always use IE. Right now, that is causing some frustration among web developers who have to resort to JavaScript hacks to make the dominant web browser emulate what other browsers only need a CSS rule to do. position: fixed, :hover on any element and generated content to name a few. Then there is the inability to resize text when size is specified in pixels and crappy PNG support (There is a petition to encourage Microsoft to fix this.) to name just two other serious problems.

Posted on May 29, 2003 in Browsers, CSS

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