Internet Explorer – How I Loath Thee!

I have been back for just over a week now from a great week off up at Waskesui, in Prince Albert National Park.

In the week I have been back I have been busy doing a redesign of a website for a client. The redesign is going well but there have been some problems with Internet Explorer. While the problems have not been unsurmountable yet, it did get me started on my list of reasons why I hate Internet Explorer.

PNG Alpha Transparancy
Sure Internet Explorer 7 has it, but there are tons of people out there on Windows 2000 and Windows 98 still, not to mention those that just never upgrade there computers. Have you ever tried to update a Windows XP computer on dialup? I did not think so, and I doubt Microsoft ever has either.
Box Model
I really hate hacks to fix the Internet Explorer box model.
Disappearing Floats
Why does that image keep disappearing?
Insecure
People should not have to worry about misspelling Google.
CSS Support Incomplete
While I try not to do fancy things with CSS, I just wish Internet Explorer supported some more CSS features. Things like hover on elements other than a:hover.

Those are the major things I dislike about Internet Explorer. What other Internet Explorer oddities can you add to the list?


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6 Responses to Internet Explorer – How I Loath Thee!

  1. When you try to connect to Web folders, you may receive the following error message: “The current operation could not be completed because an unexpected error has occurred.”

  2. I completely agree…IE is ridiculously lame. I also have been frustrated many times about the lack of alpha transparency support in PNG’s. Now if only the masses would realize how much better Firefox (and pretty much every other browser) is. :)

  3. PNG Alpha support has been a big issue for me lately. Transparent Gif’s just do not work properly for some designs. They show a halo, or simply don’t have enough colours.

  4. That will be interesting to see how Google Chrome does. Chrome certainly is a nice browser, but will it crowd out Firefox? Firefox will lose some share to Chrome no doubt, but the people most likely to use it at the moment are early adopters same as Firefox. Firefox is still making headway into IE’s share of the browser. The target are the people that use what comes on their computer. How do you get them to download and install a new browser?

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