Standards Ignored as Developers Target IE

Monday July 8th, 2002

Dave Hodder writes: "CNET has a story entitled Sites bow to Microsoft's browser king covering how Mozilla and other browsers are locked out because of web builders not supporting proper standards. It mentions Netscape/Mozilla standards evangelism and has some good quotes from Mitchell Baker, including the conclusion: 'What we're seeing with Web sites that are viewable only with IE is the privatization of the Web.'"

#7 Annoying W3C idiosyncrasies

by lucx

Monday July 8th, 2002 11:43 PM

You are replying to this message

Standards are great and all. But when it comes to advanced CSS layout, some of IE’s “incorrect” interpretation just makes more sense than what the W3C dictates.

For example, you would think that a z-index of -1 would lower that element one level. But in Mozilla, it puts it below the <body> tag, thus making it invisible. I wasted an hour trying to diagnose this.

Another idiosyncrasy involves negative margins for elements in table cells. IE accept negative margins on all sides. Mozilla and Opera, however, reject a negative margin-bottom. There is probably some hunky-dory W3C explanation for this, but IE’s implementation just makes more sense and saves people like me time and frustration trying to track down the problem.