Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 29th Jan 2007 20:11 UTC
Internet Explorer "It seems Microsoft is putting IE8 development into gear. Participants of the Windows Server 'Longhorn' beta program on Microsoft Connect have just received an email notifying them that a new survey for Internet Explorer 8 has been published on the program site. The survey contains a few questions on the current usability of IE7 and asks the users what new features they would like to see in IE8. The survey also asks users to rank the importance of several planned features. The email mentions that the survey should be completed before Thursday, March 1st, 2007; giving us a vague peak at the timeline for IE8."
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RE: Web designers should lead
by systyrant on Tue 30th Jan 2007 15:27 UTC in reply to "Web designers should lead"
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Not that I don't agree with your sentiment, but do that would only serve to drive business away from your site. The one inevitable truth is that the end user isn't going to blame IE when a site doesn't render correctly. They are just going to chalk it up to being a bad site.

Of course I suppose you could always post a message telling them that due to IE's lack of compliance with the W3C recommendations that you, as the developer, are forced to send them to a lesser page on your site. Then add links and recommend they use Firefox or Opera or whatever browser you choose. ;)

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RE[2]: Web designers should lead
by Tweek on Tue 30th Jan 2007 19:49 in reply to "RE: Web designers should lead"
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Too bad a few industry heavyweights dont all boycott IE for a week.

"if you would like to visit, GM, Toyota, bestbuy walmart....and about 40 other sites you need to use firefox or any non ie browser."

IE usage would plummet and they would be forced to fix the problem (or become irrelevant)

It has to be major sites though and sure it could drive some business away but if you are an important enough site couple with other important sites you could simply force a good portion of the people over. Sure some people would get pissy about it, but oh well.

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I think you would find more people getting pissy about it than you think.

Here's my thinking on the subject. People who use IE probably tend to be either an average user who doesn't really know about anything better or some die hard Microsoft fan. What sites like Amazon would be better off to do is place notices that this site is better viewed using [Insert Browser Here] than IE. This would draw attention to those other browsers and wouldn't particularly piss anybody off save the IE die hards.

To me the reality is that as long as IE comes with Windows, IE will always be the dominant browser simply because a lot of people are to lazy or have become to use to using IE.

Don't expect business to jump on one side or the other. They are in it for the money and that's it. It's people like me, who run small blog sites, that should be developing our websites to be compliant with W3C recommendation that are standard with most other browsers. I don't suggest going out of your way to block IE, but instead just let people know that your site complies with the W3C recommendation and that it works in browser that support that standard. Then simply list browsers that are compliant. The idea is that you inform your users that you believe IE to be a substandard browsers and that instead of reworking your site you chose to support what you believe to be a know standard for all browsers.

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