Friday, December 12, 2008

A Very Manley Contribution

Our first contribution comes from Josh Manley (he used the pun first, so don't blame me for that shit), whose site greets people with a typical web developer's life story, and a rallying cry to spread word:
if you are using ie...

...The web browser you are using does not comply to the web standards of the internet developed and maintained by the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C). As you may or may not know IE *shiver is the worlds most widely used web browser for one reason and one reason alone. IE *shiver which was created by Microsoft is shipped with every Windows *shiver operating system which is shipped with over 90% of all computers sold around the world. By default IE *shiver owns the web browser market.

"Most people don't even know that they don't know." -Ron Burton That basically sums up the issue at hand. Now you may be wondering why this is such a problem. The answer is simple: Because IE defies web standards and in turn the web itself. Please allow me to elaborate.

When I am writing a website I use Firefox and validate my code frequently to ensure it validates under these standards. In the past I would have to then go and check the site in IE and tweak my code to conform to this corrupt browser. Then re validate and repeat this process until my code validates. I have grown tired of this process and find it incredibly vexing.

Microsoft for one reason or another seems to be bent on world domination. They have turned their backs on the world and made it harder for all web developers by intentionally ignoring the standards created to make the web a better place. So what do we do? We boycott IE. Download any of the many free alternatives to IE. Firefox is a good place to start. Tell your friends. Tell you family. Tell your neighbors. Spread the word. Don't conform. Don't be ignorant.

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2 Comments:

Anonymous Mike said...

Amen

11:13 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

reading your blog is a blessing, after a hard day of work! Keep on bashing! ;-)

1:02 PM  

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