Instead of, why not...

Anthony Atkielski atkielski.anthony at
Tue Feb 15 05:32:35 GMT 2005

Chad Leigh -- Shire.Net LLC writes:

> You can say all you want.

Thank you.  I feel better about it knowing that it's okay with you.

> Every professional designer I have ever talked with lamented the poor
> state of standards conformance of IE for Windows.

They probably never actually tested the browser.

> And they could document it.

Excellent ... where can I find a copy of their documentation?

> MS only has compatibility with itself, and that is it.

It interprets HTML correctly according to W3C standards, and it handles
CSS correctly as well.  What other compatibility do you require?

You can find test suites here: (HTML4) (CSS)

> And since it is the 800lb gorilla, they think they can basically do
> whatever they want.

They know that some criticism of what they do has no basis in fact, and
that people without emotional investment in a hatred of Microsoft may
actually check the facts and invalidate the criticisms.

> People I highly respect have done lots of tests of browsers with the 
> standard and conformance to the W3C standards suites and IE Windows 
> does not do that well.

I've done the tests myself, instead of believing what others say, and
MSIE does fine.  The URLs are above.


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