today on A List Apart called Beyond the Browser discussing what’s coming with several important technologies. It’s good – it doesn’t go too far (as I tend to do).
Monday morning starts
with a mini-rant. It’s past time that everyone who uses a browser-detect script to ensure that the right people get the right code figure out that they have to treat IE5/Mac separately. No, my browser doesn’t support VBScript, and all the sites that keep trying to throw it at me cause they just see IE are driving me pretty nuts.
That was a bit
of a rant this afternoon and glossed over lots of stuff – in the post about MS. So let me clarify one or two things. First, yes, I do think it’s a complete smokescreen, that MS has no real intention of doing any of this, at least in the complete, all-encompassing way they are trying to sell. Second, for 99 percent of companies in the world I agree that it’s a GOOD thing not a negative that there are tons of others in this space already. Microsoft just doesn’t seem to be one of them, based on past performance. Third, if they were really serious about this, practically the whole presentation would have been about wireless. dot-NET type systems only make sense when you’re talking about a radically different landscape made up of massively-deployed wireless networks using standards-based protocols like IPv6. Microsoft has a good record with their browser to date, but I don’t see them betting the farm on external standards. Which means, to me, that it’s either not serious or will never happen regardless.
If anyone can tell me
why, in Win IE, the image of the guy doesn’t load flush with the right hand edge of the cell I’d really appreciate it. It works exactly as I intend it to using 3 Mac browsers, all of which use completely different rendering engines. [email me]
for Mac was finally released the other day. It’s still not as good as Netscape for certain things, but it’s much better in many ways. For me a browser is an aesthetic choice. If it’s jerky at loading images, it’s inferior. Netscape has always been far better at displaying things smoothly.
[after more time] OK – I’m almost totally convinced. All I need to do is learn a bit more about personal stylesheets (can I set one up so that textarea boxes etc. are in mishiwaka 9 pt?) and I’m done with Netscape.
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