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As a web developer, I despise Internet Explorer in all of its forms. I hate version 6. I hate version 7. I hate version 8. And I even hate version 9. In fact, if you are reading this article right now using any form of Internet Explorer, you’re missing out on parts of this very website. There are aspects of this site that simply do not work in your browser and as a result, you’re missing them.
And not just on this site but on websites all across the internet you’re missing out on exciting features.
HTML5 & CSS3 Readiness in 2011
Just click through on the chart below to see how far short Internet Explorer comes on compatibility issues.
Some of the features may sound like Greek to you, but here is a drop-dead simple approach to seeing what I’m talking about. Install Chrome, Firefox, or Safari and then navigate from page to page here on Site Sketch 101. You’ll see the page automatically scroll to the top, fade the content out and gracefully fade the new page into existence. Then check it out in Internet Explorer…nothing.
Why? Because Internet Explorer is the only browser that doesn’t support these features I’ve built into this site.
I would argue that if Internet Explorer did not come bundled with Windows, nobody would use it because nobody who looks at the available browsers, all of which are completely free, would choose Internet Explorer by default. In fact, I would propose that coming bundled as it does should violate anti-trust laws as it single-handedly gobbles up the majority of the market share even though every person who researches it universally agrees that it is the worst possible browser available.
In fact, this has already been decided in Europe. Now when you boot Windows for the first time and you attempt to launch the web, you are given a choice of which browser you would like to install. Internet Explorer is no longer the default there. For more about that check out this article at CNET.
In my opinion, this next infographic is incredibly generous in their perception of Internet Explorer. They should have chosen a red-headed stepchild with down syndrome to represent this completely out-of-touch and wildly incompatible browser.
Some say that we should still be focusing on making sure that folks with Internet Explorer can comfortably view our sites, and I certainly do that by simply disabling those features. That argument is the same as telling a car stereo company that produces elite, top-of-the-line stereos with built-in DVD players that they should make their stereos compatible with Ford Pintos if Cadillac were giving away cars for free. Go get a free Cadillac and enjoy the crazy features in those awesome stereos that you want. And enjoy the awesome coolness of that free Cadillac.
As a final parting note, Internet Explorer also scores lowest in independent tests in basically every possible category of speed testing. Check out the chart below for more information.
While we can all comfortably disagree on which browser is best, I think that any of us who are educated on the issues concerning the web can all agree that Internet Explorer is the worst. I prefer Chrome as my default browser because of its speed and because of the vast array of features that it supports. Which browser do you prefer and why?
And remember…friends don’t let friends use Internet Explorer!