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Web developers did it to themselves
by DHofmann on Sat 20th Jan 2007 02:01 UTC
DHofmann
Member since:
2005-08-19

I would bet that most of the incompatibilities were due to web developers coding against nonstandard Microsoft extensions (like ActiveX and VBScript) and bugs, and could have been avoided if they had tested against non-Microsoft web browsers.

Others potential issues would have been detected by disabling JavaScript and VBScript.

I have no patience for developers who ignore best practices and take the quickest route.

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buff Member since:
2005-11-12

I have no patience for developers who ignore best practices and take the quickest route.

I agree completely man. They hung out their own rope. Let them swing where they stand. Perhaps they will learn from their mistakes. If they must scurry around night and day to fix their broken web sites so be it.

Edited 2007-01-20 02:09

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deadmeat Member since:
2006-08-04

I have no patience for developers who ignore best practices and take the quickest route.

This is BS. Why should web developers be held to a higher standard than any other developer. You develop code to match your development environment. If the provider doesn't provide backwards compatibility, it's not the developers fault.

All programmers use extensions. It's part of development process. There is a reason some things compile only with gcc, icc, or forte or any other c compiler.

As for standards, don't make me laugh. Standards in web development have been pretty useless. It's only in the last few years with the Mozilla, Opera and Konqueror that we have anything approaching an implementation of web standards. Many are still unimplemented fully in any browser.

And we still have a bunch of non-standard IE derived extensions. AJAX, rich html editing etc.

That said ActiveX developers deserve every level hell they are subjected to. ActiveX stank from day one.

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