What about Microsoft Internet Explorer 6?

December 4th, 2009

Use it at your own risk!

Consider yourself lucky if it serves any accessible and well-formatted content on the web and always be aware you could miss something: you can’t expect seeing colors on a black and white TV.

Internet Explorer 7 is a bit better, and 8 is a bit better again, although it’s compatibility setting is a big lie. Designers don’t design websites for browsers, they program following rules and  according to international webstandards. Unfortunately sometimes (=always in case of Internet Explorer)) you have to patch a site to work well in browsers. Historically Internet Explorer doesn’t comply to those web-standards.

IMHO the costs of website-design is raised by approximately 50% due to weak standards support by Internet Explorer. I guess that worldwide loss is bigger than the cost of the financial crises in autumn 2009. Billions of euros.

Compare it with an added translation in Microsofts gibberish of several pages to every plain English written book, magazine or newspaper. Nobody wants that, but on the web it’s a fact.

Microsoft is selling an Operating System, they don’t like advanced web-applications: it makes their core business obsolete. So they try to slowdown innovation. And they try to push proprietary standards as Video-encoding techniques and Silverlight: we can use it only if we pay Microsoft and buy their software.

You wonder why sensible people are using Explorer at all. Probably they’re ignorant. It’s simply pre-installed. The same reason the crisis hit that hard: My bank offered me a mortgage, I thought I could trust my bank. Well, they make money and we pay the bill.

2 Responses to “What about Microsoft Internet Explorer 6?”

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  2. Neil Bukowiecki Says:

    Hey, I found this article while looking for help with fixing Microsoft Silverlight. I’ve recently changed internet browser from Google Chrome to Mozilla Firefox 3.1. After the change I seem to have a problem with loading websites that use Microsoft Silverlight. Everytime I browse page that requires Microsoft Silverlight, the page doesn’t load and I get a “npctrl.dll” error. I can’t seem to find out how to fix the problem. Any aid getting Microsoft Silverlight to function is greatly appreciated! Thanks

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