Lockergnome: Why You Should Dump Internet Explorer
Wednesday June 16th, 2004
Chris Pirillo wrote in to tell us about a new article on Lockergnome entitled Why You Should Dump Internet Explorer: "The time has come to dump Internet Explorer. I know, I know — you may have heard the same thing before from those that think it's cool to hate Microsoft; but I'm not one of those guys. I'm actually an MCSE and I happen to like quite a few of Microsoft's products. Rather than lump me into the Microsoft-basher category, consider for a moment why you use the browser you use, and humor me by entertaining the notion — if even for a second — that switching to another might be worth your while..."
#10 You'll always need IE.
Thursday June 17th, 2004 4:17 AM
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From a post I made on the newsgroups in a guy who's request to have mouseover tooltips on images for ALT tags get brushed off because it wasn't w3 compatible:
Don't bother. If it isnt' w3 they've got no interest in putting it in which is why mozilla will continue to be an also ran. When Microsoft was busy putting word perfect, netscape, and visicalc out of business they did it by matching the competition feature for feature. Shoot, word even had "Word for Word Perfect Users" as an option on the help menu. You could migrate from word perfect to word without breaking a sweat, fingernail, or keystroke.
Mozilla on the other hand will always be a broken product to end users because they will hit page after page after page that is broken or doesn't work the way it should **BUT WORKS GREAT IN IE** and it doesn't matter to them that it's not a w3 standard, it doesn't matter one little bit, not one little iota, ya wanna know why? Because it works in IE and IE has 97% of the market share because the browser is free and comes included with the OS.
So who is going to install mozilla, going through the download, and the install, and the system resources to get a browsing experience which is broken or at best sub-par? A developer maybe who wants to remain compatible with the other 3%, the computer geek who wants to be different maybe, the guy who believes MS really is the anti-christ and the root of all evil and destruction in the world ( and he uses Linux ), and a few other types.
Mozilla is a great browser, but it will never be widely accepted until it bites the bullet and offers an IE compatibility mode and this includes little things like tooltips, support for IE cursor styles, even searching the DOM if an error is thrown because a user used objectname instead of document.getElementById("objectname").
Thunderbird on the other hand is truly a killer app :)
IMHO of course.