Linked by Matt Brewer on Fri 12th Dec 2003 20:43 UTC
Internet Explorer The new version of Internet Explorer in Longhorn 4051 is version 6.05.4051.0.  Even though Longhorn is many years away (if ever!) the folks at Microsoft have realized that people want more from their browser, due to popularity of the competition, ex. Mozilla. UPDATE: Longhorn 4051 review.
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RE: Thanks for reporting the name-stealing troll...
by Jason on Sat 13th Dec 2003 04:26 UTC

"...I take it he must feel my posts are a threat to MS's hegemony. I'm both flattered and annoyed. At least it shows that my views are known enough that I don't have to report him myself.

To stay on-topic, it's not that IE is a bad browser, but just that other browsers offer more functionality and are standards-compliant. The biggest effort is to educate web site providers - especially government ones - to make sure that their content is accessible by all modern browsers, not just IE.

It's not that hard - just stay within standards and test your site with IE, Mozilla, Opera and Safari/Konqueror, and you've pretty much got everything covered."

I work for NASA and am involved with a number of web sites. There is a big push to have full standards compliance. It is actually part of the law now for web sites to 508 compliant. 508 compliance generally has to do with designing sites with those with disabilities in mind, but also states that browser independence is an issue. Any new sites taht are launched by the U.S. government must be 508 compliant/standards compliant. Old sites are slowly but surely getting tuned up.

The U.S. government also has numerous documents at several levels that cite the need to use Mozilla rather than IE because it is a standards compliant browser and that IE produces so many security leaks. Further, the mac rendering of IE is just crap.

There are still lots of gov sites that have IE in mind, particularly high traffic sites...but that has to do with avaialability for the masses. Not every part of the government has had the time to redesign a fully standards compliant site, but it is happening.