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There’s nothing worse then having an awesome web-design layout with some sweet CSS code, and other cool stuff, when you preview it in Internet Explorer and disaster strikes. Internet Explorer never displays stuff the way you want it to! So I have an idea. There’s a spot called PetitionOnline where you can, well, post petitions online. I wrote one last night. Tell me what you think. Would you sign it, and further the Web Design cause?

We the undersigned hereby announce our wishes to Microsoft Corporation that it update both Mac and Windows verison of Internet Explorer. In its present form, Internet Explorer is nearly incapable of displaying CSS (also known as Cascading Style Sheets) and other new web technologies correctly, which results in frustration from web designers.

Our requirements for this update to Internet Explorer are as follows:

1. That Internet Explorer is made to display CSS and other web content to the caliber of FireFox, or Safari (other web browsers which display things correctly).

2. That Internet Explorer is made more secure, as to help prevent viruses from infecting people’s computers.

This is, in reality, simply a humble request for Microsoft to make it’s emminant web browser actually work. By leaving Internet Explorer on the shelf to gather dust, Microsoft is depriving many of the people on the Internet a good overall experience of the World Wide Web.

Web designers shouldn’t have to dumb down their design or creativity on account that most of the people on the internet use a web browser that does not display content correctly. This is frustrating, annoying, and unnaceptable.

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  1. What I’ve found in the 10+ years of HTML coding experience that I have, is that every single browser out there has some thing or another that doesn’t work exactly to specifications on it. The key is to find the things that work across all the browsers and then use those tags and coding styles to appropriately design pages. The only way to do this is design a page and then check it out on all the different major browsers, on all the different major operating systems.

    I keep Firefox, Netscape, and Internet Explorer on my computer. I also run OS X inside of my trusty PearPC emulator so that I can bug-check in Safari.

    Petitioning for a mammoth company like microsoft to conform to what we want is pointless and will get us nowhere in my opinion. Never has. Never will. Even if they conform, it would take years before everyone upgraded to the absolute latest “CSS-compliant” internet explorer release.

  2. Before CSS layouts became all the rage, I personally thought that Internet Explorer was the easiest browser to design for, because it just worked.

    I agree with Tommy, even if Microsoft were to update their browser, it wouldn’t make any difference for years because web sites still have to work for everybody. Excluding roughly 75% of internet users isn’t practical.

  3. Well, obviously, yes, this won’t get us anywhere. Microsoft doesn’t care. But it was kinda fun to write, eh?

  4. The little man takes on the big machine. Gotta love the spirit despite the futility. Way to go.

  5. Well I have this to say. If designing for cross browser compatability is not your cup of tea and going after the Micro Machine won’t work. then design for multiple browser models. It is not hard to write a jscript piece that will detect the browser being used and then do a redirect in your server to the correct subsection for the browser used. eck you can even find free scripts on line for that. If you don’t like the idea then learn to live with or luv badly displayed formats across multiple browsers. almost anything with CSS in it displays badly in a browser for the visually impaired. Those are almost exclusivley text based and will read format and xml tags. Talk about annoying to develop.
    Yours Truly,
    Freelance in Tempe

  6. Well I have this to say. If designing for cross browser compatability is not your cup of tea and going after the Micro Machine won’t work. then design for multiple browser models. It is not hard to write a jscript piece that will detect the browser being used and then do a redirect in your server to the correct subsection for the browser used. eck you can even find free scripts on line for that. If you don’t like the idea then learn to live with or luv badly displayed formats across multiple browsers. almost anything with CSS in it displays badly in a browser for the visually impaired. Those are almost exclusivley text based and will read format and xml tags. Talk about annoying to develop.
    Yours Truly,
    Freelance in Tempe