After this week's A List Apart article by Jeremy Keith little more needs to be said about Microsoft's decision to keep the web from breaking (again) when they release a new version of Explorer.
They shoot browsers don't they?
The proposed default behavior for version targeting in Internet Explorer solves the problem of “breaking the web” in much the same way that decapitation solves the problem of headaches. In its current state, version targeting is a cure that will kill the patient. Version targeting could have been an opportunity for Microsoft to demonstrate innovation. Instead, the proposed default behavior demonstrates a fundamental misunderstanding of the World Wide Web
It's little surprise to me that Microsoft doesn't understand the web. They have been struggling with the whole interwebs concept since Windows 95 and it doesn't look like they know what they're doing now. Sure, IE 7 fixed a lot of stuff, but it didn't go far enough. So they're now saying 'conform to this new and arbitrary standard we implemented because we can't be arsed to fix things or else...'. Bollocks to that, I say. I'll be damned if I'm going to implement needless code because Microsoft's Internet Explorer team can't be bothered to fix their pathetic broken browser. Let my sites look different in each and every version of their backwards browser. Soon people will stop using it. (Well, I can dream, can't I?)