I guess I'm opening a can of worms here, but I've been using IE for a long time (having switched from Netscape 3 long ago). I notice that many people have only bad things to say about IE and I'm asking out of pure innocence (or is that ignorance), what's so bad about it? It supports CSS better than the rest if nothing else...I uninstalled Netscape 7 as it mucked me around too much.
I do use Mozilla (just installed Firefox) - it's quite good but still doesn't do things quite right for my web pages...I know, I know, my html/css must be sloppy if it's not cross-browser compatible...
Anyway, so can anyone tell me what's the problem/s with IE (and not just because it from Bill Gates and his legions of hell - I know all that stuff)...
Originally posted by zingmatter It supports CSS better than the rest if nothing else...
That's a general misconception. Lots of designers get accustomed to writing IE specified code, and thus get the idea in their head that other browsers suck when their pages look funky in said browsers. IE is actually a pretty bad browser (Fred will actually tell you it's not even a browser), as it has poor support for standards.
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3 people quoted the exact same line, wow! Just consider IE different, since its css and different than other browsers, and of course, has different scripting mechanisms that are IE-only. This, however, most people don't udnerstand, is done for the sole fact to make the Internet more IE-populated. If Microsoft was such a big name in computers, it would probably be much more similar to Mozilla. Greedy Bill Gates wants the whole Internet for his own company, pure capitalism right there
not necessarily, since Mozilla adds line breaks in some css tag endings, whereas IE will not. The goal is to get it as close as possible so the content appears in an acceptable manner on any browser, rather than good on only one.
there are many other ways that ie can screw things up (but, please note my avatar, and I am still willing to comment on some problems)
Internet explorer is does not have the best support for css. It has a fairly complient box model if you are using a strict doc type and valid code, but when you are not doing that its box model gets completly botched. Internet explorer when put side by side with mozilla fire fox is also a inferior browser to surf with because it fire fox has optional tabbed browseing, a single download menu, integrated search, integrated popup blocking, style sheets and js can be disabled, and if fully skinable. Those just add to the users experience. So ie is more of a pain to use and it is not complient with other browsers or the w3c. IE still does not fully support css one, look at min-height and other forgotten css attributes.
Some people like it quite fine, so i wouldn't call it that. Mozilla on the other hand, as believed to this forum, can be considered better, superior, and whatnot, but both will do the job as long as code is correctly implemented