Jeff Croft writes about John Carroll’s article on using Internet Explorer as ‘the standard’ for web browsers. A brief summary of John’s article is that if Mozilla, Opera and Apple want a larger share of the market they will need to copy Internet Explorer’s functionality. One issue that I’ve seen brought up several times is that Microsoft pays dues, sends representatives to the W3C and yet they still don’t adhere to the standards they help create. So if standards don’t mean a lot to Microsoft, why should we let them set the standard for browsers?
What does this conversion mean? It means that I get to innovate with solutions that are friendly to all of the browsers and are standards compliant. Instead of IE’s popup object (or the Mozilla XUL equivelent) I have created all of the content in an
iframe and floated the popup
One simple rebuttal to John comes when he makes the statement that Standards Compliant sites render correctly in Internet Explorer. This is not the case by default. By using code that renders well in the latest releases of Opera or Mozilla I get funky side-effects or poor rendering with Internet Explorer because of its bugs in implementing CSS. However, folks like Tantek have worked out plenty of hacks that allow me to fool "Internet Explorer into emulating a browser.".
Finally, calling advocates for standards a religion is probably a dangerous thing because when you’re dealing with end users, the standards advocate is merely trying to let the end user choose which browser they want, no matter what browser it is, and view the content. This site delivers readable text for Lynx, and other sites are equally able to do the same. Internet Explorer 3.0 users can view this site’s content as well. I would love to have a discussion with John, and if he reads this, please consider emailing me to further explain yourself.
Via Dave Shea
 This was for a web based application and not for a standard website, usability is a critical issue that is addressed with another interface that doesn’t use DHTML.
 Dave O’Hara said this, but I can’t find the reference.