Viewing This Site (or Any Site) on IE? Switch Browsers Now, Some Experts Say (update 2)



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Idunno... I've never had a problem with IE. It looks and works fine for me, and I see it as too much of a pain in the ass to maintain a second browser. Should I check in my "geek" card now???


Keith E. Whisman

actually you could install either Google Chrome or FireFox 3 and when they ask what browser you want set as default just select the one you prefer. I still use IE but only when I absolutely have to like visiting MS Office Update website and stuff like that.

It's easy to switch and there really is no maintaining necessary. If you want to get rid of your history and cache I just use CCleaner. It clears the crap out of everything.



 firefox has always worked well for me and the amount of add-ons are too many to count

when installing firefox it's easy to make the switch from IE because firefox can important everything

from your old browser (favorites, homepage, passwords, etc)


A day without laughter is a day wasted...


Number Six

The suggested workarounds are stupid.  You only need to unregister the vulnerable .dll until patched.  Instructions are here:




Versions 5.01, 6, 7, and 8 of IE are all affected (see paragraph 3) on all currently supported versions of Windows (2000, XP, Vista, server editions, etc.). It's a long-standing problem, although it was first exploited on IE7.


It's amazing how illogical a business built on binary logic can be.


Keith E. Whisman

What internet explorer has a security flaw? Man that's a new one for me.



YES for gods sake..make the switch. Save your browsing experience and save us web developers from applying too many hacks just to get the stupid Internet Explorer to work.

And I think it is up to web developers to start developing for complient web browsers and stop applying hacks to get the site looking consistant on IE. 

I as an example started that on my portfolio site.




I hate firefox. I don't care how many people think it's the second coming, or how "cool" it is. It sucks.

I am a web developer and I can't tell you how many times I get a site looking just how I want it, only to discover something is broken in Firefox.

IE 7 for me is also quicker to boot up and quicker to shut down. On Vista AND on XP. Firefox also looks like it was made by programmers programming on linux. Dull grey tool bar, boring windows, uninspired icons.

Then there is the whole "it's more secure than IE". I've been using the interwebs since the beginning and have only gotten infected about twice waaaay back before firefox was even out. That's really because I was deep in the bowels of the internet, clicking on whatever came my way. It's the same principle with Mac users touting "MACS DON'T GET VIRUSES" - because you only have 10% of the market share. There was just a link on Neowin how Firefox was the most vulnerable app on windows - WTF?

So yeah, I'll stick with evil vista and IE7.



If a website looks good in firefox, opera, chrome, or safari, the website is fine. Websites that only look right in IE are broken because IE is broken. 


The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog.



" I am a web developer and I can't tell you how many times I get
a site looking just how I want it, only to discover something is broken
in Firefox. "


Are you for real ! If its not ALWAYS its at least 99.99% the other way. Internet Explorer is BROKEN !

This is not my opinion only. Every where you read articles about CSS and XHTML its how to apply a hack or fix a bug to make it work with IE.

And if you are a web developer and never used the great webdeveloper tool bar, then sorry to tell you; you are missing A LOT.




The CSS positioning scheme is broken, period; especially for procedually generated content, where it isn't wise to specify exact dimensions. I think Microsoft made an excelent judgement by deciding that the whole "display:..." scheme needs to be avoided, among other things. This is the reason behind the whole WYSIWTF jokes surronding IE.

I personally use and like Firefox, but the whole THIS BROWSER IS BROKEN; THAT BROWSER IS BROKEN argument is a mute point at best. Until we have a scheme where dynamic/relatively postioned (font dimension/percentage rather than pixel based, especially for background images/textures) content works properly, all browsers will be "broken", and we will continue to have web pages with vast unused "margins" on widescreen display, or incredibly frustrating eyeball horizontal retrace for text on same said displays.

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