The new IE discussion »
FERDY CHRISTANT - AUG 22, 2006 (06:59:16 PM)
|After the decade-long discussion of Microsoft not making IE standards-compliant, there is a whole new discussion going on. Now that the team working on IE7 seem very dedicated on improving the CSS support, two new questions pop up:
My take on this is as follow:
- No. Microsoft deserves no credit for improving standards-compliancy in IE7. The decision to leave the most important application in the world not compliant for so many years must have been taken consciously. The decision is not in the interest of the end users, web developers and ISVs, but in the interest of Microsoft themselves. It is positive that the improvements are being made, but they are fixes, not new features. IE7 was supposed to work this way years ago, so I'll see it as an apology to the community, and not something to cheer for. I also question the timing and motivation of Microsoft. If Microsoft survives Google, are we left in the dark again?
- Yes. The IE7 team deserves credit. Based on their video and blog, my impression is that they are clever, hard-working people who admit that IE6 is full of shortcomings and unexpected behavior. They cannot help the poor decision making at the top
- Maybe. IE7 will have some influence on the lifes of web developers. If you are running in standards-mode (opposed to quirks mode), things that you previously had to fix for IE, will now work right away. Yet, will your original fix influence the renewed (working) behavior, or will you need to fix your fix? And what about users still on IE6? Are we going back to browser-sniffing again? I predict that you will only be safe on your corporate intranet, and that for the next 5 years, IE fixes will still be needed.
BTW, here is the IE blog entry describing the CSS fixes.
What do you think?