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  • I absolutely refuse to pander to IE any longer. HTML 4.0 is SEVEN years old (and 4.01 is FIVE), and CSS1/2 is from around the same time.

    How many of us have COMPUTERS that old? (yeah ok there's still lots of them out there, but they all have to be replaced eventually, as they die off from hardware failure or desire to upgrade)

    well, let me just sum up my feelings from an html comment I embedded in some client-side code recently. Evil aren't I? :)

    <rant>

    A mixture of original hand-coded HTML 4.01, Cascading Style Sheets level 2, Perl-based DBI and CGI, PHP, and Javascript code was used to create this site using vim/gvim 6.2 and bluefish 0.12 on Red Hat Linux 9 and Fedora Core 1.

    Previewing was done using current releases of Mozilla Firebird/FireFox {http://www.mozilla.org/} and the Galeon and Epiphany browsers (which use the Mozilla Gecko engine).

    NOTE: ABSOLUTELY NO ATTEMPT WAS MADE TO PANDER TO Internet Explorer'S COMPLETE AND UTTER LACK OF ADHERANCE TO A SEVEN-YEAR-OLD (!) HTML/CSS SPECIFICATION!

    However EVERY possible effort has been and is being made, to ensure that the site validates 100% HTML 4.01 Transitional and CSS2 (using http://validator.w3.org/ and other similar tools) so that browsers that DO follow the spec properly will render the site as closely as possible to what was intended.

    So, if Internet Explorer blows up on you, don't blame me ... the blame sits squarely on whose fault it is: Microsoft, for not AT MINIMUM adhering to a well-published and accepted bare-minimum seven-year-old standard. =:P (Is your COMPUTER even seven years old? The html 4.0 specification is! It was released in 1997 by the W3C.)

    Try either Upgrading your browser version, or check out one of the many many alternatives presently available for Windows, MacOS and Linux, such as Mozilla, which is fully cross-platform and mostly :) standards-adherent.

    -=-

    It is every single webmaster's *responsibility* (not prerogative) to hold MS responsible for not respecting the standards. If the site breaks under IE then it is IE's fault and which should be fixed, NOT your site. poor poor IE users can't view your site. Apparently no one wants to complain to microsoft? I swear to god I'm gonna put some javascript in there that takes them to a splash page explaining the problem with MSIE to every IE user that visits, and point them to mozilla instead, or give them a link to both screenshots of what the site SHOULD look like, and a link to the site so they can see how poorly IE renders it.

    Webmasters: IT IS OUR OWN FAULT THAT MS HAS GOTTEN AWAY WITH THIS CRAP FOR SO LONG... BECAUSE WE PANDER TO ITS DEFICIENCIES INSTEAD OF LOCKING IT OUT IN THE COLD. IRREGARDLESS OF THE MARKETING NEED TO SELL YOUR PRODUCT, *WE* and *WE ALONE* HAVE FOSTERED THIS PROBLEM AND ALLOWED IT TO CONTINUE. PERIOD.

    I for one am QUITE through building crutches for my website just for IE when there are SO MANY alternatives readily available today, moreso than ever before. Done. Finished. NEVER AGAIN.

    If people can't learn to download and use an alternative browser then A> they shouldn't be on the internet, and B> shouldn't be using computers. A computer AND your software are TOOLS, and when the TOOL is broken, you replace it with a better one.

    </rant>

    thus ends today's rant. :)
    • I had forgotten how old HTML4.0 is. What is even worse is that MS co-wrote the damn thing, and you would think that in seven years they would have enough time to actually adhere to the specification they helped to write!

      As I said previously, this is ignoring all the other things wrong with IE!

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      -- "It's not magic, it's work..."