Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 22nd Oct 2010 22:11 UTC, submitted by google_ninja
Internet Explorer "There, I said it. Microsoft has been bombarding the media with claims about how much better IE9 is than all the other browsers, more HTML5 and CSS3 compliant than any other browser that ever existing and ever will. It's the only browser that passes all the tests they made up. And, Microsoft has finally implemented the CSS3 selectors that were implemented by other browsers back in, what? 2003? Because Microsoft has updated IE to support CSS3 selectors and rounded corners, they want us to believe that somehow IE9 magically supports the whole slew of CSS3 visual styling. I'm afraid it doesn't. As a matter of fact, IE9's support for CSS3 visual styling is so poor that the results are shocking."
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RE: Ow!
by google_ninja on Sun 24th Oct 2010 19:42 UTC in reply to "Ow!"
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Actually, the reason it is getting torn apart is because it appears everyone here thinks they know what they are talking about, even though they dont.

MS said that IE8 would not try to implement emerging standards. IE9 on the other hand is supposed to have great css3 and html 5 support, the implication being they aren't so far behind everyone else.

Now the way that w3c standards work is they become recommendations AFTER there are working implementations. Since the w3c is the browser vendors (this is a consortium, not a standards body), it is the vendors job to actually implement them as they are getting written, so that the final versions actually have the kinks worked out.

During that process, vendors use the proprietary extension syntax (like -webkit, or -moz) until they are happy enough with the results, at which point they support the version without prefixes as well.

So according to MS, IE9 is throwing their support behind emerging standards. They are doing it, but only for a handful of things, pretty much where the rest of the world was at a year and a half ago.

The reason this is such a big deal is because safari, chrome, and opera users tend to upgrade in under a month after the release of a new version. Firefox it is more like 6-8months. IE it is measured in years. So 5 years from now when IE9 has enough marketshare to actually care about, we will be dealing with a browser that is just starting to implement the newest generation of standards, while all of the other browsers around now are almost done.

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