The Reigns of Desktop Browsers (a song)

Opera staggers
Chrome is viral
Firefox is slow
Safari doesn’t know

What am I left with?
What Shall I do?
Is it possible that all that’s left is you?

IE10, I’ll say it again
IE10 might be the best there’s been

I hate myself
And desktop browsers too
Because I understand
That this is true:

What is implemented is what is used
not our specs
lest anyone should think
a spec is always best

What are we left with?
What shall we do?
Is it possible all that’s left is you?

IE10?
I’ll say it again
IE10

might be the best there’s ever been

I hate myself for saying such things
but I’m pretty sure this is what next year brings.

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3 thoughts on “The Reigns of Desktop Browsers (a song)

  1. The problems with IE10.

    1) IE10 availability
    You have to purchase Windows 7 or Windows 8 to use it. Not so for Firefox and Chrome (and upcoming Blink). And you’ll possibly have to purchase Windows 8 or Windows 8.1 in order to use IE11. And you’ll possibly have to purchase Windows 9 in order to use IE12. Etc..

    2) IE10 accessibility
    When compared with latest stable version of Firefox, IE10 has many accessibility failures or flaws. I can back up my claims with tests.

    3) IE10 CSS2.1 compliance
    IE10 has CSS 2.1 failures. More than you can think of.
    3a) Many Microsoft CSS2.1 tests reported to be imprecise, incorrect and/or unreliable still have not been updated, still have not been corrected. 12-24 months after. And this, at the detriment of other non-IE browser versions failing those tests.
    3b) Since CSS2.1 Test suite RC6, several newer tests have been submitted and are waiting to be reviewed and approved, otherwise sent back for corrections. Among those newer tests that I personally authored, I know that IE10 fails several of them.

    4) Microsoft Test Center misrepresents IE10 true capabilities and IE10 true compliance.
    Microsoft has been misrepresenting the CSS capabilities of IE9 and then of IE10 with its Test Center
    ( http://samples.msdn.microsoft.com/ietestcenter/ ).
    Always has been like that with Microsoft Test Center. Since its beginning, its inception.
    4a) Only tests that are passed by IE10 are made public. Microsoft Test Center does not list any “home-made” test that actually fails in IE10.
    4b) None of those tests have been reviewed and approved by CSSWG people in Test suites so far. So, who knows exactly how many of those tests are incorrect, unreliable, imprecise, not meeting CSSWG Test Format requirements, etc..
    4c) Only some sections of specs or some chapters of specs carefully “cherry-picked” are tested at Microsoft Test Center. In other words, whole sections, whole chapters of CR specs are untested in Microsoft Test Center. Eg. you won’t find border-image tests anywhere in Microsoft Test Center, even though Background and Borders module has been in CR status for several months. Because IE10 does not support border-image at all.

    My conclusion is: a browser can not be superior to all other browsers in all possible aspects (bug reporting, accessibility, usability, webpage debugging, spec compliance, availability, add-on extensibility, security, privacy, configurability, etc). Realistically speaking and competitively speaking, that’s not likely, that’s not plausible.

    Gérard Talbot

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