Should Corporations Standardize On One Browser?

Thursday May 20th, 1999

Maximum Overlord has some interesting news:

"I've just received from Gartner group an interesting little article... they suggest it's in a company's best interest *NOT* to standardize on one browser throughout the enterprise."

#3 Re:Should Corporations Standardize On One Browser?

by Mr Z

Friday May 21st, 1999 7:19 AM

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It makes a good point. We shouldn't be relying on a browser, but the standards behind the browser. The browser that best supports the standards currently out there should be used. Right now, I'd give IE the edge over Netscape. That will change, but end users should use what works best for them as long as there are some minimal requirements established.

I think the main reason for not standardizing on a browser is the content. As more corporations move their content or make it available to a wider range of audiences such as extranets or public websites, the pressure to create standards compliant content will increase. Developers or publishers should not have to rewrite HTML pages or server side systems to support a myriad of user agent configurations and proprietary features. That kind of thinking raises costs, not reduce them.