What I want from Internet Explorer 8Mikey 9 comments
It took Microsoft six years to deliver Internet Explorer 6's successor, a move which only came about due to the rise in popularity Mozilla's highly successful Firefox browser and complaints from the web developer community regarding Microsoft's lack of web standards support.
For the uninitiated (and I have touched on this topic previously), Microsoft and standards don't mix. Internet Explorer's support for web standards is putting it nicely, abysmal. Microsoft is also on record as admitting that IE7 fails the Web Standards Project's browser compatibility test.
MS are caught between a rock and a hard place with the release of IE7, as standards support is still as pathetic as it ever was. It's not that they are technically incompetent, its that they are in unfortunate position, as deploying a browser that addresses all the outstanding standards issues will do something nasty indeed: it will break a hell of a lot of web sites.
Who to blame for this is not an easy question to answer. A long time ago web developers had no qualms using proprietary IE code and practices. Today we all know better, with standards and accessibility being of primary concerns. The funny thing is, developing web sites to standards and accessibility practices is not a big a deal as some might suggest. It's no different than adopting any other new process into your workflow.
So, IE bashing aside and getting back to the subject at hand, what do I want from IE8? I want standards supported all the way and yes, that means a lot of web sites will break. But not my web sites or that of any other standards nazi, so no skin off my nose there.
It seems the only way to get some web developers away from the dated thinking of developing sites for 'IE only' might be to force their hand, and if that means them waking up one morning to the phone call of an angry client who can't access his web site on the new browser, then so be it. Hey don't get angry at people like me. We have been pimping web standards evangelism for years.
Would Microsoft do this? Only in our wildest dreams.