It has been shown time and time again that people will not update their sites. Hence, if a site uses features that were present in IE5 or something, we do our best (up to a point) to keep those features working.
"Do not break the web" means exactly this.
you know I find the web getting more broken by the fact that more users/developers are dumping the IE browser/engine in favour of using another browser with more developer support, not just in the sites built to run better on it, but also the useful browser
exstensions that go towards increased user browsing satisfaction.
I coudn't care less about visting some site built using IE5 features.. quite obviously if the site is that old then it most likely isn't getting any updates anyway, and if the infomation on it was that important i'd just use an older/compatible browser etc
to get the infomation or find the infomation else where..
I'm more interested in visting modern and upto date sites. Thats not to say i don't understand your need to keep in some compability..and how it important in some situations, but for me I think some things are better broken in favour of something that is better
overall, so long as it is actually better.
And when we don't get compatibility right, you can be damn sure it's a problem for us and our users.
you kow I think when users start screaming about compatibility issues and how you haven't got compability done right. Thats when I think you've for more other important issues to be having a good hard look at and sorting out.
I get the impression you guys spend far too much time wasted on looking at combatility issues when the competition is just moving ahead and is looking better with each and every more frequent update.
Its like xbox360 I wouldn't buy it to play an older game, but if the newer games made for it weren't actually any better than an older game, than thats when I'd start moaning about compatibility.
My point being is that IE8 needs to start making some strides in improving display performance(transparent .png etc,) page rendering, making it easier for developers to build plugins and extend the browser cabilities... just generally actually giving users/developers
a reason to come back. I don't really care if IE8 doesn't come with a better GUI or add better features with more cusomiziblity, built spell checker, split view tabs, mouse gestures, etc all those power features.. noo don't expect that or even expect to be
anygood besed on IE7 efforts.. but I do hope for the 'trident rendering engine' to be a lot better.
I think i'd rather count on an IE shell/third party browser replacements like Maxthon, IE7pro avant, etc that just use the IE engine, while those developers can focus on taking on user feature requests and adding them in to browser to more finer degree with
a better polish. Not to mention getting a decent customizable GUI right, but i'm talking about M2 there
"Another classic example is the IE download notification window, which loves to pop up, steal the focus, and tell you the great news: your download is complete! Oh, and your newly downloaded file is copying to its destination! Hooray! Unfortunately,
this very same download notification dialog also contains a "Cancel" button. Guess which button just so happens to have the focus when this pops up? Why you'd want to cancel a download after it is complete is a mystery to me, but I've inadvertently pressed
the space bar on this dialog more than once." from
http://www.codinghorror.com/blog/ quoted for convenience.
would it be so hard to add just basic download manager like firefox.. i know some would just get a fully featured download manger anyway but this should be sorted out right?
And one last thing that I definitly want to see improved..
how something so simple could be released with IE7 and feel like it didn't even get the slightest bit of attention..says it all really