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Why Internet Explorer fails on today’s web standard

I was looking through history of HTML following a article on iphone and its role to evolve web. During the process I found another article that defines some dates on HTML standard. you can read that article here (http://www.yourhtmlsource.com/starthere/historyofhtml.html#1.0)

To my surprise, HTML v2.0 was standard until 1997. I was amazed to read that. Later in 1998, we have HTML version 4.00. But why we follow HTML 2.0 until 1997? Well the answer goes to history of firefox, Netscape navigator the Browser of that time, which start losing its ground against IE 5. IE 5 not include most of HTML 4.0 standard but is certainly better with its ability to correct HTML errors left by developer.(Remember that forgot TD in HTML code mess the page in navigator?).

Later in year 2001, when web was not very much evolve and market was recovering from IT SLOW down, microsoft dare to release IE 6, which help market gain some momenutum. But do we expect a Commerical company to invest heavily during that time? I guess no, so does microsoft might have done. They just make improvement to existing IE version and release a new browser for their upcoming Windows XP. Microsoft rules the market in web during that time, nobody knows of GOOGLE. So do microsoft has to follow HTML standard or should it follow what help them better user experience? I guess what microsoft does is good.

But certainly most techincal people doesn’t like that specially if they are annoyed with Windows ME bugs. Also the netscape is looking someway to defeat IE in web browser. Later in year 2004 they get a chance when people around the world start to learn of OPEN SOURCE Browser Firefox. Wow, it was after almost 6 years of defining web standard and 3 yrs after IE 6 they start ground again IE 6. However the main idea of Firefox is not to provide better option for client but to provide “Alternative” to Microsoft product. This was reflected in their advertisements as well. Even surprisingly they use that techinque even today when they are the LEADER in web browser.

When you install IE version it never ask to import data from other browser, but when you install Firefox or Chrome, they both ask to import ONLY from IE. Surprisingly my last install of Chrome doesn’t ask me to import data from Firefox, which is most used browser of that time. Do they have answer for it?

Microsoft is a commerical company not a charity foundation that give free software and then ask for donation? It create a product and sell it. Though in today’s world user mean nothing but “better” options. They are not friend of any product. Lately I discover Firefox render page differently on MAC then compare to windows or Linux box, now shall I start hate firefox ? This is what happen with MS. Even if Firefox is open source how many User of firefox actually download it’s source code and compile Firefox ? I guess it is less than 1-2% of how many users are using Firefox in their daily life.

Internet explorer with its market share get relaxed and fall behind on standard and with non coorporate users are taking more of web they fall the ground. As a web developer I see problems with 2-3 browser having almost equal share in market, we prefer one browser of any brand any standard. But as user I don’t mind using any browser they are good for one and bad for other.

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Ironically… We are the best

Just surfing around to see latest web technology. Currently the war on Web Browser is looking good, all new versions and benchmarking and things. Few techincal users give their opinion, few not so techincal read xyz article and gives experts comments. I love to become part of that and want to give my comments too.

Just over 6 months ago we launched our web browser, Google Chrome. Since then, we’ve pushed 29 updates, each working to improve Google Chrome’s speed, stability, and usability.

This line was picked from Hello world Chrome Blog post. Wow, did you see that 29 updates.. 5 update per month, and people at Google says Microsoft makes bad product. I never saw that many updates for IE, remember, IE 6 rules for more than 5-6 yrs along and people are happy using it until Firefox reach version 3.

Frankly speaking, I work on website development and I never feel any browser is bad. I surf all website with similar speed. I am not Computer Processor, that knows the difference between 5 milliseconds, what I see if end pages shows us within 1-2 seconds I click a link or something, and it is pretty much good for me.

I will say a browser is good, if it post my 100 MB file in 2 minutes irrespective of my internet connection speed, if they cannot, it really doesn’t matter much.

Hope you agree with me? So, I would say make a better software but don’t compare with other company product, that make you better.

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Google Chrome: New Web browser

Today I got a newsletter that tell that google will launch its Beta of new web browser. Then I search and found some screenshot of it as well. A ┬áNew browser.. hmm, let me ask this… why you cannot leave browser market.. web developers are really frustrated with increase number of browser. If today I build a single website, I need to build it for IE6 and IE7 (as they render page differently), Firefox, Opera, Safari. Now here comes Chrome Beta and IE 8. They all doesn’t have single standard to follow. Moreover, they render page differently.

In this crowded market launch of new browser is certainly not accepted by developer easily. As if they have to test and fix their code for this browser. Than they are going to charge extra to clients, and most client will opt to leave this browser as it is just new.

Browsers are free anyways, so noone think of getting Chrome, more as they non microsoft are already satisfied with firefox. Also after seen screenshot, I feel it is not going to replace firefox easily with its great capability of theming that even IE miss. But let me wait for beta, to see its good point. Maybe they have better technology to get market share. But it is tough market Chrome, remember, Firefox doesn’t able to get even 50% of market share of IE (not all browser). So it will be tough as Chrome has two very good competitor.

Lets us wait for this browser, and see if I opt to change it or install it as yet another browser for testing only.

Good Luck Google….