Originally Posted by Mr Marmmalade
...you'd think theere weren't any standards, sheesh...
Seeing how my job is web developement I had to post. You said it. There are not any standards. Well, technically there are, but different browsers seem to read these standards differently than others. The standards are found at http://www.w3.org/
. IE is notorious for not following these standards. IE7 is their first attempt at following these standards and they did a decent job, but its far from perfect. Hopefully IE8 will become more standards compliance.
Firefox I have found is THE standards compliance browser. No other browser out there is so perfect. Not even Mozilla, or Opera. You can code a 100% w3 compliant website and It will look the way you want it to in Firefox, but will vary in all other browsers. Mozilla, Safari, Opera are all browsers that do a good job, but they have flaws. IE7 is comparable to Mozilla, but not as good. IE6 and below, just forget about it. Your site will look as though you threw it up against a wall a few times (literally).
60% of the internet browsing world still uses IE (only 10% uses IE7). Next in line is Firefox with 30%. Seeing how most of the world uses a faulty browser, web developers have to program faulty websites. It is a lot harder to code different versions of your site and merge them together so they work one way on one browser, and another way on a different browser. Most companies will cover a handful of sites and support them (mostly IE5+, Firefox, Opera7+, and Mozilla). The rest of the browsers get locked out.
I have made sites that block out all sorts of browsers, but by far my favorite browsers to block out are IE6 and below. I get a huge kick out of that. Anyone can easily upgrade to IE7 with MS Updates, or they can switch to a more standards browser like Firefox. But sadly, a lot of companies don't have the same views as me. Too bad :/