Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 6th Jan 2010 20:01 UTC
Internet Explorer It would appear that Microsoft will finally take standards compliance in the browser world seriously, after dragging its feet for years. Back in November 2009, the Redmond giant already revealed that Internet Explorer 9 would come with CSS3 and HTML5 support, and now the cup runneth over, as Microsoft has requested to join the W3C's SVG Working Group.
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RE[2]: Comment by Kroc
by Delgarde on Thu 7th Jan 2010 08:56 UTC in reply to "RE: Comment by Kroc"
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You do realize that CSS3 and HTML5 are draft standards, right? Is your definition of a "decent" browser to mean one that ships with unfinished standards?

Why not? All the other serious browsers do - Firefox, Chrome, Safari. More than that, the people making those browsers are, in part, the same people making the standards - implementing those drafts allows people to actually try them out, feeding their experience back into the standards process.

I've worked with IE8 and I've had very few problems with it. I really think a lot of this IE bashing is carried over from the IE6 days.

Agreed, IE8 is a huge improvement over it's predecessors, and a fairly decent browser - it's corrected the worst of those predecessor's idiosyncrasies, and it's design seems robust.

Problem is, it's still a long way behind where it's competitors are now, and with it's long release cycles, IE doesn't evolve quickly enough to catch up. By the time IE9 is released in a year or two, it's capabilities will probably be comparable to what the other browsers do *now*. Where will those browsers be by then?

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