Why Internet Explorer 7 Will Break the Web

15/10/2006 - 18:15 por Malke | Informe spam
Microsoft's next generation browser is due to arrive in a week or two
(October 18 is the word on the street), so you'd better prepare yourself
for the inevitable meltdown.

Much has been made about Microsoft's employment of a backward process for
rolling out Internet Explorer 7. The IE7 team asked web developers to
download the browser and test their sites against it. Here's the exact
wording from a post on the Microsoft Developer's Network published
yesterday, October 12:

Prior to deployment of IE 7, we strongly recommend that you test your Web
sites, extensions, and applications to make sure they are ready. Microsoft
recommends that Web sites and applications are ready for the release of
Internet Explorer 7 this month.

Now, I've heard this warning before, but it still gets me riled up to read
it. Upon seeing it yesterday, my first thought was, "This is totally
backwards! Isn't this exactly the scenario that web standards were put in
place to prevent?" The governing body of the web, the W3C (of which
Microsoft is a member), dictates the standards that browsers must adhere
to. That way, web developers can build their sites to comply with those
standards and guarantee that any browser visiting their site will render
the pages properly.

Of course, Microsoft has a history of dictating their own standards, and
they have the power to do so because their browser is used by somewhere
around 80-85% of the world's web surfing audience.

Microsoft's Internet Explorer 7 Readiness Toolkit offers "testing guidance
and tips for isolating and identifying a particular compatibility problem."
Identifying compatibility problems should be Microsoft's task, not the web
developers' task.

To be fair, Internet Explorer 7 offers more support for web standards than
previous versions. Chris Wilson, the group program manager for IE, spoke
about all of the work that Microsoft is doing to fix web standards support
in IE 7 during an interview posted on ZDNet. Then, he concluded with this:
"I do have to say we've got a lot more work to do after that. We've been
plotting out the next couple of releases of IE - and I certainly don't
think that we're done with improving web standards support at all."

Of course, there are a great number of web developers who refuse to play
nice with web standards, as well. But the main problem is that most other
browsers (Firefox, Safari, Mozilla and Opera) all behave the relatively
same, standards-compliant fashion. Also add the fact that there will be
multiple versions of Internet Explorer 7 -- one for Windows XP users and
one for Windows Vista users.

Web developers should be able to expect that IE7 will run their site's web
app and render their pages correctly when it comes out. I started using
Firefox 2 at beta 1 and it broke very few pages. I started using Safari at
1.0 and the only pages I couldn't access were hosted by online banking
So, is that the way it should be, or is that asking too much?

Posted by Michael Calore

http://antitella.blogspot.com/ Jose Manuel Tella Llop
http://antitella.blogspot.com/ Jose Manuel Tella Llop
http://antitella.blogspot.com/ Jose Manuel Tella Llop

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#1 kcmunchkin
15/10/2006 - 18:31 | Informe spam
this really isn't the relevant group for this posting.

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