Feb 23, 2008, 08:18 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.