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Microsoft: ball-and-chain of the web

November 19, 2010

I’m just getting into the O’Reilly book; HTML5, Up And Running by Mark Pilgrim.  In the preface he’s says that Safari, Chrome, Firefox and Opera all support many HTML5 features, and…

“The mobile web browsers that come preinstalled on iPhones, iPads and Android phones all have excellent support for HTML5.  Even Microsoft has announced that the upcoming Version 9 of Internet Explorer will support some HTML5 functionality.

To recap: the competing browsers have some support already, mobile devices have excellent support already, and Microsoft’s upcoming new browser will have “some” support.

I’m not an expert on any of this stuff, but I do study.  On my bookshelves I have all three editions of Patrick Lynch & Sarah Horton’s Web Style Guide and each of them devotes considerable space to testing websites so they will even work in Internet Explorer. Same with Horton’s Access By Design I have a few books on CSS dating back several years and each of them would be 1/3 thinner if they didn’t have to tiptoe around IE.  Dan Cedarholm’s Bulletproof Web Design?  You guessed it – nearly every chapter covers ways to make the web work in spite of Internet Explorer.

And here it’s the year 2010 and Microsoft is planning to give some HTML5 support real soon now.  When they do, I predict that books will continue covering how to make it work for Microsoft, and how it works for everyone else.

It’s like the biology class where today’s lesson is evolution, except Todd and Rodd Flanders are allowed to wait in the hall.

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  1. November 19, 2010 at 20:30 | #1

    I haven’t followed the HTML5 standardization process to know how far along it is. If it’s not quite released yet, then open source software will have an advantage. It can release more quickly, and usually does. There was a 64 bit version of Linux and BSD Unix long before Microsoft released their first 64 bit OS.

  2. November 20, 2010 at 01:44 | #2

    Microsoft’s IE gave me fits when I was customizing the CSS on my blog — and that was just for a blog! I can’t imagine what it must be like to work around IE on a real website.

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