Saturday January 27th, 2001
Asa Dotzler writes in with pointers to a couple of interesting articles at scottandrews.com and freshmeat.net. He says the Scott Andrews article is definitely worth reading and if you're looking for something of a lower 'slashdot-esque' quality then check out the rant at freshmeat.
Monday January 29th, 2001 8:33 PM
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This is really a reply to Splodge, but I didn't want it buried on a secondary level. Sue me.
Firstly Flash - this is proprietary technology, no openness about it at all. Secondly, forces one to be running a graphics-capable browser. Many people run text-based browsers such as Lynx or Emacs-W3. Another bunch of people may have visual impairments and are browsing by way of text-to-speech tech. The resulting output is also non-scriptable - the creator is assuming immediate and absolute human consumption without catering for the possiblity of machine-driven scripts getting it first. On a slightly more fundamental note, Flash can really kill some older hardware.
Java is fairly OK compared to the two afore-mentioned horrors, but in my experiance badly-writen java app(lets)s have tended to kill my browser and/or machine, or not behaved well (ie not dying when I kill them etc). For my own sanity java is disabled in my browser too.
Now, the article itself: Scott Andrews is right with a number of points, notably that IE hasn't won yet and that we mustn't throw in the towel. However, he is dead wrong about jumping forward to the post-4.x browsers only. That is exactly not what is required. It is precisely that sort of thinking that has (helped) lead us to where we are now: struggling to win back browser share from a company who until a few years ago didn't even know there *was* an internet, and didn't care anyway.
Sheesh - enough of a rant - it's 5:35 am and I need to try and get some sleep ;-)