phunky_avocado wrote:I'm glad someone raised that point. I think that most of the people who complain about IE's perceived lack of standards support are web designers and DHTML programmers and not web application developers.
The ones that do not complain are also often those that don't seem to care that not everyone uses Windows and/or Internet Explorer (and say because IE does it, every other browser should, even if technically impossible), and depend too much on a WYSIWYG tool.
The WYSIWYG HTML generators should generate cross-browser code. Microsoft HTML generators (Word, FrontPage) do not have a good reputation for creating clean code though, but Whidbey (and the next version of Office/FrontPage) will hopefully change that.
IMHO if you want web applications that behave like more complex Windows applications, Flash/Shockwave should be used rather than DHTML. Doing it in Flash mean more users will get the same experience (as Flash is delivered via a plugin and works in many browsers), without saying 'Internet Explorer is required to view this site' - this leaves out users that will never be able to use the site due to using a different OS (5% of users - may increase).