They Shoot Browsers, Don’t They?

by Jeremy Keith

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  1. And here I thought we finally got through to Microsoft. Instead of backing up the web designers and developers who go through the time and effort of “doing it proper,” they’ll crumble under the complaints of those who are writing/authoring/whatever-you-want-to-call-it questionable code. And all because the number of those doing it “not quite right” are more than the ones who are.

    I wonder if this is how the “witches” of Salem felt when they were burned at the stake/pressed in the woods for using logic and scientific reason.

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  2. hi i think it,s a great post.

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  3. I am already sick and tired of writing one website for every browser but IE, then writing for IE6’s quirks and compensating for IE7’s lack of progressive features (nobody can really demand a browser creator implement features from CSS3 before it’s released, but gee wiz Microsoft it’d sure be neat to see a border-radius).

    The idea that Microsoft not only thinks that’s okay but actually wants me to look forward to an future abundance of special implementations for each version of their quirky, obnoxious, sub-par browser deeply saddens me.  I’m strongly tempted to start using their little conditional statements to redirect all traffic from IE users directly to firefox.com.

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  4. All this talk of Microsoft protecting their market share really doesn’t matter – and what company wouldn’t. I do not care for one second which browser clients/visitors/grandmas use to access the markup I’ve created so long as all the browsers agree on how it should be rendered.
    I say, throw in IE=edge and move on. Keep using your plug-in friendly browsers, I know I will. At least we can stop wasting (or reduce the) countless hours hacking at the CSS.

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  5. When I first heard of version targeting, I thought it had to be the worst possible solution. No doubt most of us keep track of what works in which browsers, but as time moves on, that list grows, requiring recoding of sites designed in the past. So, unfortunately, while I dislike the idea of version targeting, that’s the best case for its use: not having to worry as newer browsers appear next year and years from now. And while we can, hopefully, rely on the concept that our standards-based code will stand up over time, who really knows?

    I just keep thinking that version targeting is a little like those old “Best viewed in Netscape 2” buttons. While I’d rather that Microsoft had simply fully supported standards, they have a point: older sites will still have problems. So, with version targeting, at least we can get IE display nailed down. I guess.

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  6. IE: the security-hole, opera: very fast and very secure, firefox: the browser with the most features.
    The rendering of these most popular browsers is good, but not perfect – so is the world!

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  7. From what I can see on the IE 8 beta 1 website, version targeting has been abandoned in favour of a IE7 emulation mode selected by the user. Phew.

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  8. just out of curiosity does that mean “ASP load”
    I say ignore IE8 and let it sink ignominiously into the Redmond mire…..
    v

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  9. What do you think of Safari? It’s got better in recent years, however still a nightmare trying to get sites to look the same in different versions.

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  10. Well, I’m not so sure about all the bells and whistles in IE. but then I don’t like IE and don’t use it, I prefer Firefox. And about those dogs, don’t shoot them, clicker train that dog!  :)

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  11. nevermind that prior comment.. errr, I guess I wasn’t understanding textile.  But I still say to “clicker train (This clicker train) “:http://www.clickerdogstraining.com the dog…

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