Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 7th Oct 2009 17:36 UTC
Internet & Networking After long negotiations and back and forths between the EU, Microsoft, and other browser makers, Microsoft's browser ballot proposal has been amended and offered up for debate yet again by the EU; this time around, it will actually be tested out by consumers. A number of changes have been made since the first proposal, so let's take a look.
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if the goal is to prevent a browser from becoming dominant. So at the beginning of each month, check the marketshare, and show the browsers in reverse of that order. That way, it's self-correcting.

That's reasonable. Of course, you still have the thorny problem of a cut-off point. Should Dillo, Elinks, or Opera appear at the top? Or should they be excluded altogether? My own inclination would be to include Dillo, but to exclude Elinks and Opera. Like I say, thorny issue. But I do think that it is an issue which should be tackled, and not avoided.

So right now, IE should be listed last.

Right next to the elephant in the room.

Later, FF will be listed last (it's inevitable that it will become the #1 marketshare browser, and that was the case even before this ballot thingy).

I'm not sure if you are joking or not. I don't see it as being inevitable at all. I don't consider it necessarily even probable. And I'm not certain it would even be desirable. I'm already starting to worry about the way Mozilla Corp is using its (relatively) new-found power. (Trademark bullying.)

It would, however, be better than the current situation, and IE's dominance, IMO.

Opera would always be listed first, or nearly so.

Well, there's always Amaya, Lynx, Links, Links2, Curl, and Wget. But those are all written by card-carrying communists, and should be excluded on those grounds.

I don't think the ballot makes much difference. Because only relatively savvy individuals (the minority) will ever see it. I think that the ballot would be great if conducted properly and if everybody saw it. But they won't. Most people get their browser from God (Dell, HP, etc.) and are just glad when Facebook works, because they're "computer literate" and proud of it. Except, of course, for the ones who aren't, and laugh it off apologetically.

Edited 2009-10-07 20:41 UTC

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