Browser Market Pollution: IE[x] is the new IE6

Posted: September 28, 2011 Comments

Browser Market Pollution: IE[x] is the new IE6 « Paul Irish.

Front end development is as challenging as it is enjoyable for me. Working in a capable browser is the best part of the job, without a doubt. On the other end of the spectrum there’s IE. I know that poking fun at IE is well beyond cliché but the fact of the matter is:

Internet Explorer is the bane of every front end developer’s existence.

We all try and stay out of the turd-flinging and use terms like ‘less-capable browsers’ or ‘standards-based browsers’ to ex/include Internet Explorer. Everyone knows what we’re talking about when we use these terms, and every time we do we grit our teeth.

Paul Irish does a great job outlining something we should all keep in mind. IE isn’t going anywhere. It’s not going anywhere and it’s not going to get better. In fact it’s on a wicked curvy road to getting worse. Regardless of our personal opinions surrounding the path IE has taken to date, ignoring it would be unprofessional and foolish. It’s something we have to suck up and deal with, but constructively contributing to the problem in one form or another can produce benefits.

Best of luck to all of us, we’re going to need it.

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