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a456
Feb 23, 2008, 07:18 AM
A while ago I complained that I was forced to upgrade from Office v.X to Office 2004 to get over difficulties with special characters and file name lengths (not to mention crashes) - all things that I felt should really have been software updates and not require the purchase of the new version - because I wasn't really buying for new features. Now having just about got over that I find myself getting deeper and deeper into web programming, and as any web programmer knows it is not long before you realize that your bright ideas and lightweight CSS/XHTML driven site doesn't always work so nice in Internet Explorer. You may experience debug messages or onClick refusals, and although there exists BrowserShots and BrowserCam, cost wise and for total piece of mind there is no real alternative than installing a copy of Windows XP on your lovely Mac, which also involves (for a Tiger user like me) a copy of VMWare Fusion (or Parallels) and a copy of Bitdefender (anti virus) just to have Internet Explorer. All because MS have not followed Web Consortium standards. Now that feels like a heavy tax to Linux and Mac users. I would have preferred spending the money on Leopard, because I get excited about giving money to Apple, but when I give it to MS it feels like tax. And not only am I giving money to MS to run a program that is "free" but they are using up my time as well because of the necessity of uncovering workarounds that make webpages work on IE.



ajx22
Feb 23, 2008, 07:25 AM
...or just put up a "This Site is Best Viewed in Firefox" notice; and wait for people to change to a real browser.

It's just like a "No Lifeguard On Duty" sign for those using MSIE.

;)

ttriff
Feb 23, 2008, 01:40 PM
At this point statistics tell us 95% of people on the net are using IE.

So the real question is, do you want people running IE to have full access to your webpages? If the answer is yes, you know what you need to do.....

Sometimes reality bites....

Neil321
Feb 23, 2008, 03:01 PM
At this point statistics tell us 95% of people on the net are using IE.

So the real question is, do you want people running IE to have full access to your webpages? If the answer is yes, you know what you need to do.....

Sometimes reality bites....

I have nearly the same issues as the OP im forced to have windows on my Mac for testing.I know the statistics are high for IE users but it amazes me why when there are alternatives.I hate having to use
windows & IE it drives me nuts & to top it all i have to use it at work

ttriff
Feb 27, 2008, 01:03 AM
I know the statistics are high for IE users but it amazes me why when there are alternatives.Look no further than the popularity of brain dead programming on TV and you have your answer....