[LMB] OT: Chrome crud
lmb at matija.com
Wed Jun 30 07:37:15 BST 2021
On 29/06/2021 22:14, WILLIAM A WENRICH wrote:
> Anti-Microsoft web designers deliberately changed their sites to not be able to run the current version from Microsoft.
You have no idea what you're talking about. They weren't anti-microsoft
designers. Microsoft Internet Explorer was notorious because not only it
broke all web standards (what a given HTML code will end up looking
like). Not only that, but it broke the standards *in a different way*
with every version.
So a designer would write HTML code for the site. Once for IE6. Once for
IE7. Once for IE8. Once for IE9. (and in some cases, for sub-versions of
And once for the browsers that respected standards, so a single version
worked for Safari, Opera, Firefox and Chrome. Not for a specific version
of those, but for all versions (also importantly, the versions of Opera,
Firefox and Chrome were not tied to a specific version of Windows, so if
it had a bug in rendering a particular piece of HTML, it could be easily
You know what happened because of that? Business owners started counting
how many customers came to their site with a given browser version, and
telling their web designers: "You can stop supporting <browser/version>,
because only X% of customers is using that version, and they don't
generate enough profit to pay the extra time you spend supporting them".
Microsoft felt that they were so big that, eventually, their way of
doing things would become a de-facto standard. And for a time, it almost
worked. But, because their way differed from one version of IE to the
next, they fractured the market, and that gave upstarts a foothold. And
people started noticing that upstarts were actually better. And
businesses realized that they could speed up their website redesign by
months by simply saying "If your browser is IE version X or older,
download a free version of Firefox/Opera/Chrome"
Not anti-Microsoft. Just, you know, pro-profit.
More information about the Lois-Bujold