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Internet Exploder Is A Museum Piece

From: Gerald Bauer <luxorxul@yahoo.ca>
Date: Tue, 22 Jul 2003 16:33:50 -0400 (EDT)
Message-ID: <20030722203350.78484.qmail@web40805.mail.yahoo.com>
To: www-forms@w3.org


> not a place for
> trashing a company you don't like, or arguing holy
> wars. There are Microsoft employees on this list -
> isn't it a bit disrespectful to call their work
> "Internet Exploder?"

  Face it Internet Exploder is a museum piece.
Microsoft has frozen it for years and Internet
Exploder won't be available anymore as a standalone
add-on package for any OS. If you want to get any bugs
fixed you will be forced to upgrade to the next-gen
Windows OS code-named Longhorn. 

> I have to agree with Jane entirely. Choice is not a
> purely wonderful thing.

  Sure. Why don't you move to North Korea to cut back
on your choices you have to make in life?

> For developers, it creates a larger set of bugs -
> one new set for every browser - and no, yours won't
> be perfect either, and no, no browser ever will be,
> no matter what the quality of standards. Supporting
> a wider number of vendors means a smaller and
> smaller subset of working features. This "It limps
> but it works" is not ideal, but when using a
> technology that has many, many vendors, it is the
> only option.

  What nonsense. It is not the only option and the
internet is proof that open royality-free standards
(e.g. TCP/IP, HTML, HTTP, and so on) work much better
than single-vendor, secret-sauce defacto standards
like the Microsoft Windows tyranny.

> For the average user, they really don't care what
> browser they're using. They just want a browser.
> They don't want a choice.
> They want to sit down and read some e-mail and a
> news page, and leave. Whatever's in front of them
> will do.

  I guess that's like saying the Iraquis don't want to
be free. They love Sadam Hussein, don't they? They
just want to go on with life. Who cares about
politics? What short-sighted nonsense.

  - Gerald

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