I know that I rant about the uselessness of Internet Explorer and the virtues of Firefox. That has not changed but it would seem that Internet Explorer is more broken now than it ever has been.
You might be wondering why I have said that. Since my discovery of Firefox I have not used Internet Explorer, for anything. I mean nothing, if a site does not let me view their content in Firefox; I don't bother. Or if I really have to I use the IETab extension for Firefox. So lately I have had cause to test a webpage using Internet Explorer and a few other things, much to my disgust. What I have noticed is that there are so many images, icons, logos, pictures and other elements that just will not load in Internet explorer, they display the box with the red X in the top. The big one being the cool new player we have on the podcast homepage fails to load! When the majority of people surfing the web are doing it in IE that's a big deal!
Is this because the Microsoft boys are concentrating on the up and coming release of Internet Explorer 7 and neglecting this version. Or perhaps it is the fact that the sites that I frequent are sites that "geeks" use and therefore the sites are optimised for Firefox. I just have no clue really. I will say that when I was writing the Global Geek Podcast Homepage, it was much easier to code it for Firefox than Internet Explorer, by a long shot. We are currently doing a rebuild of the site and that continues to be the case. Suffice to say that the site will be optimised for Firefox, yes you will be able to load it in IE but it will not be as pretty.
Having said all that the things that refuse to load in IE are not critical to the site but eh, it is a browser; it is supposed to do it! This is however what we have com to expect from this browser.
So to this just adds to reasons not to use IE, along with the fact that Firefox is a superior browser, both for functionality and form. In addition to the fact that it is highly customisable and is more secure.
Be smart, make the switch.
June 7, 2006 at 9:04 am
Hey Dave – that link to the Global Geek Podcast Hompage actually goes to the page for the IE Tab plugin 🙂
Also a comment writing web content. Rather than coding for one browser or another (which just leads to spaghetti code), write “standards compliant” code. Who’s standards? Well W3C is a good place to start. Some browsers are more “standards compliant” than others, and Firefox is much better than IE6, but at the moment the front runners are actually Safari and Opera! Screw Microsoft – buy a Mac, get a decent browser with the deal and be happy coz everything just works!
June 7, 2006 at 8:09 pm
Hey dude nice to see you still read the blog! Fixed the link – must have been in a hurry… what’s new.
I agree with the W3C statment, and that is what we are doing, hopefully – still looks better in Firefox though. And I don’t think that a Mac for me is that far away. Vista scares the crap out of me.
Thanks Mate 😀