Should we kill IE?
Earlier today I stumbled across a link to explorerdestroyer.com which is a site trying to convince web developers to urge their IE users to switch to firefox. They ask web developers to employ one of a range of solution, from showing an advert of firefox to IE users to not allowing IE users near their pages.
To me their approach seems silly. The problem (as they see it) is that IE doesn’t support various standards and encourages proprietary features. If everyone used firefox then what’s to stop that from being the next “IE”? Won’t it get proprietary features which will then get used. As an example (last I read) firefox allows transparency via CSS but the W3C has no official support of transparency (IE and Opera also support this, but each in their own way).
I think there should be an even spread of browser usage. This would encourage sites being developed to the standards and more importantly would speed up browser improvements as all the various companies would have to constantly improve their browsers to maintain their user base.
I am reminded of a South Park episode where the people rebel against Walmart burning it down and instead all shop at a local shop turning it into the next Walmart, then repeating the whole process over again.
I’m all for people saying how bad one thing is and promoting another, but to me this seems too far. They go as far as saying that Firefox has to quickly gain users so that IE6 users don’t switch to IE7 and stay with it. IE7 is a good browser, it fixes a lot of issues that people hate about IE6. I think that IE6 users should switch to IE7 (when it’s released) and then leave it up to them to do whatever they want, but deliberately forcing people away from a good browser is simply not a clever idea. I’m glad that Mozilla aren’t affiliated with this site as I dislike the aggressive mannerisms, though I would enjoy reading Mozilla’s comment on it.
Oddly enough, the site I’ve linked to works perfectly fine with IE and they have no nag screens asking me to change over.