Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 18th Jun 2009 20:36 UTC
Internet Explorer With Internet Explorer 8 out the door, Microsoft is trying to capitalise on its latest browser release with a marketing campaign outlining several benefits Internet Explorer 8 supposedly has over Chrome and Firefox. The campaign is titled "Get the facts", so I guess most of you will know what will come.
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The pure fact
by MajorTom on Fri 19th Jun 2009 05:56 UTC
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2005-07-09

The pure fact: I developped a site, pretty heavy on Javascript.

Works perfectly on Firefox, Safari, Chrome, Opera (and anything that uses Gecko and WebKit) – on any platform you can imagine that has an implementation of Gecko, WebKit (even KHTML) or Opera.

Fails in a ridiculous way under any version of IE. I know IE's DOM is different from the others. I could make it work on IE. It would take me two months to do so, cluttering my code, with browser checks.

The fact: IE still can't talk the same language as the other browsers.

Happily it's an academic project and the "bosses" don't give a shit about IE. Nobody uses it in the lab.

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RE: The pure fact
by DeadFishMan on Fri 19th Jun 2009 13:44 in reply to "The pure fact"
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2006-01-09

The pure fact: I developped a site, pretty heavy on Javascript.

Works perfectly on Firefox, Safari, Chrome, Opera (and anything that uses Gecko and WebKit) – on any platform you can imagine that has an implementation of Gecko, WebKit (even KHTML) or Opera.

Fails in a ridiculous way under any version of IE. I know IE's DOM is different from the others. I could make it work on IE. It would take me two months to do so, cluttering my code, with browser checks.

The fact: IE still can't talk the same language as the other browsers.

Happily it's an academic project and the "bosses" don't give a shit about IE. Nobody uses it in the lab.


Funny, I had exactly the same problem some time ago but my teachers were not so kind. Despite showing every evidence that I could dig to prove that it was IE's damn fault that the site rendered poorly in it and that every other mainstream browser in existence could render the page just fine, I had to workaround the problem by making different style sheets and everything and in the end, broke the layout of the web page in IE and it doesn't even render the same between different versions of IE itself. That thing is disgusting!

I obviously understand the business reasons for having different style sheets and everything for that monstrosity but I can't for the life of me understand how can people in academic environments, supposedly "educated about IT", be so in love with it, as is the case of one of my teachers that simply refuses to listen to reason nor use anything else.

Edited 2009-06-19 13:57 UTC

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