MSIE and how it's not CSS compliant.

CSS is supposed to be a standard. However, Microsoft has managed to bungle the thing up so much, that it’s barely useable.
Those that develop webpages and are informed usually make pages so that the code displays properly for the VAST majority of pages. I know many far too many that don’t — and these people really shouldn’t be coding for a living. These people have great design skills, but they only can make it work for the shrinking percentage of MSIE users.
I’m just wondering when they will learn, or perish without knowing, of other important, standards compliant browsers out there. I personaly will stick to the major brands, as that will cover the 98% of users. If it works for mozilla, and MSIE, it’ll work for almost everyone.
Firefox is great, but it’s many rendering issues have me annoyed as well.
Flash is something else I’ve started to tinker with. It has the visual interface, and the actionscripting which is catching my attention. With a combination of mysql + php + flash and actionscripting, combined would make a very presentable and pleasing web portal/application.
Flash would just bypass the CSS crap, and all the browser non-standardness. Flash works on LINUX, WIN32, and Mac. So I don’t see any issue of compatibility. How it looks on one OS will like the same on all the other supported OSes. Though it is not standards compliant (that I know of), it’s still a route I’m willing to take, because of the issues of compatibility.
The actual writing of code is not the challenge to me, it’s getting it to display the same on all platforms.
For example, I spent a few hours today, tinkering with the CSS on this blog… I could have spent my time on better things, but it’s learning, and hopefully developing it into a useful skill.






One response to “MSIE and how it's not CSS compliant.”

  1. Sam MacCutchan Avatar

    The problem with Flash is that not everyone is on broadband. There is still a signifigant portion of the online population who are still using dial-up. If your flash based website gets too large these people may not want to use it.
    The good thing about CSS & XHTML is that it is designed for use on a variety of different platforms. Not just three.
    If you use a good structure for your content, headings, etc. Then your website can be viewable on a variety of devices, like mobile phones, text only browsers and all of the accessibility software that most people with good eye sight and full range of motion in their arms and hands never think about.
    You can even use CSS to format your content for printing, so that you don’t have to make two different versions of your XHTML, just add some aditional rules to your css to turn off the parts of your site that don’t make sense on a printed page. The navbar for example.
    Mmmm food for thought 🙂

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