Ok.. look at it this way.
I agree with being able to conform to people with user agents designed to fit their specific needs, due to disability. My pages are designed with those people in mind. But I do not have a slightest clue wether or not my pages work properly on those said user
agents, because I do not have them here to test my pages on.
Devices for the deaf, for example, could simply be a regular computer, with all the right software. IE is good enough for them, in my opinion. As for sounds, they could be subtitled. Subtitles should be available on all applications(marketing scheme? I want
Mobile phones.... they call it a phone for a reason. Mobile phones featuring the "internet option" are gimmicks. The reason the internet was implemented on the phone is to download cool, new, and annoying ringtones.
Now they want phones to be able to do your homework for you? What's next? Your phone will start your(parents') car cuz you so busy yapping about how your parents don't let you go out often enough, while you insert the 50$ bill they just handed you in your
pocket, and put on 3 inches of make up to impress someone who will walk away from you as soon as you give him that picture you just took in the bathroom, while you were changing into the plumber's crack jeans, and see through shirt that you saw on TV yesterday,
and bought today with your mom's credit card?
You walk up to someone in 2013, with your "pocket office" installed...
"Check out my Printer/Copier/Phone/Fax/Internet Browser/Camera/GPS unit! It fits indise my ear and it's hooked up to my contact lenses. The paper comes out my *, and the camera lens is on the tip of my finger!"
WTF!!.. Give it up. Why conform to those people? Cuz they spent 5k on a gadget they will think is obsolete in less than a month, only to buy a new one with a non-conforming user agent.
I do have IE and FF. Sure tabbed browsing is nice.. I checked it out today. But after only 5 minutes on the web with FF, I found errors on major websites. Like overlapping columns.
Furthermore, IE is designed to fit the Windows user. Microsoft will do anything to keep it as innovative as possible, only if you get it with Windows(note: marketing scheme). I still think they went OUT OF THEIR WAY to please the Mac users that prefer IE,
because the Mac browser was "not quite as" conforming as IE.
I believe everyone with a computer has experienced the "Windows" operating system at least ONCE in their life.
People that say "My OS is(or is it "LOOKS") better than YOURS, but your browser is better than mine, so I wish your OS company made a browser for my OS." Are just now realizing the powers behind IE.
Why does Netscape, Opera and Firefox exist? Because IE has been slacking in the conformity department.
W3C exists because they want the entire world to experience the web the same way.
Microsoft is a member of W3C, yet they tend to do things their own way, thus the competition.
My ONLY wish is for IE7 to TOTALLY, not partially, conform with CSS3, XHTML 2.0 and XML 1.1 and THEN add their "we are different, therefore the best" extras. After that, watch the other companies follow suit.