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..."

#23 Re: Re: Re: You'll always need IE.

by SimonG

Thursday June 17th, 2004 5:36 PM

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Can't agree with this. I develop DHTML GUI rich apps in the enterprise space, with IE6/Win as the target browser. And yet, I support moz 100% with literally no effort at all (even though very few people in this company use it). Supporting IE5.5/Win however is a major PAIN, mainly because of its broken box model. IE5 or lower I block and tell them to upgrade. I am no not too far from blocking IE5.5 and forcing an upgrade to IE6. I am now using SOAP from the browser to access a bunch of corporate web services, and the IE soap api is absolutely horrible, whereas Moz's is great (I'm in the process of replicating the Moz api over xmlHttp requests so I can use it from IE as well). Moz also provides great extensibility with XBL - which I can't use as I need IE compatability.

My point is, Moz easily has compatability with IE6. The problem is that intranet developers typically have their heads up their arses, and even when given a sole browser target of IE6, don't understand about simple things such as document types, strict mode, and in general, W3C standards. If they did, they would get a free ride in Moz, and achieve cross platform deployment in one fell swoop.

Legacy sites - well I'd leave them be and let them fail in moz. But anything new - developers can support moz with such minimal effort, its astounding they don't. And when I say support - it just means fire up the damn browser and test your app in it!!!!