By Deane Barker | December 13, 2007 | 3 Comments
Opera tries to force IE into W3C compliance with EU complaint; Firefox’s success may work against it: Opera has filed a complaint with the EU trying to get a ruling that forces IE into W3C compliance.
Opera wants the EC to hold Microsoft’s feet to the fire when it comes to the company’s promises of better standards compliance. The company argues that IE’s “unilateral control” over some standards requires developers to expend significantly more in the way of time and money to get their sites to render correctly in IE.
Opera is now my best friend.
Mine too. IE (even 7) works when it should not and does not work when it should. It is a huge component to the cost of executing a layout in HTML. In the years it will take MS to fix this, I have found another friend in Dreamweaver CS3. It has a browser check function that has highlighted the most obscure IE problems for me. In one complex layout I was working on recently, the feature highlighted a problem I had never heard of involving IE’s handling of Z-Index. It pointed to the solution on Adobe’s CSS Advisor site.
I’ve never understood why it matters so much. I’ve “coded” some pretty complex pages in my time, and while pages may not look the same in both browsers, they are always functional.
Guess what? HTML isn’t supposed to be used to get exact results. It’s a freakin’ markup language.
While HTML isn’t supposed to be used to get exact results, that doesn’t mean that it should get completely dysfunctional. That may be why it is important to be nearer the standards, so it would show it a bit more it is supposed to, even if the results are not exactly the same. The letters may be bigger, the borders smaller than another browser, etc. That’s really not what bothers me. The standard with the consortium is there to guide the web in a way, so it could work with more browsers. Many users go on the web and is it supposed to be normal that a web administrator must take more time for a single browser while the others seem to do it well? The goal here is to make web pages functional. The appearance may vary from browser to browser. However, there is a difference between similar results and a web page totally rendered differently, with missing content or great differences of layout. Where the difference of layout could be accepted would be if the user has personalized styles and / or mods. Now, there should be some more good news with IE9. It should become more compliant and powerful than it has ever been. It is in the Microsoft’s interest now to defend the crown. Google can well take it over with its popular websites. Microsoft cannot only count on a copy of Windows anymore with Internet use to fuel their browser market share.