Opera Chief: Microsoft’s IE 8 ‘Undermines’ Web Standards

By | March 17, 2009 | 2 Comments


TheRegister writes:

“If Microsoft releases Internet Explorer 8 this week – as expected – then the company will likely be congratulated by many for doing the right thing and finally adding support for web standards to its browser.”

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  • http://nocontinues.net/ Tiago Sá

    Well. I don’t understand the situation very well. I MY IE8 experience, I load my site with it and it defaults for non compatibility view, and works perfectly. Which came as kind of a chock, as I have more than 3KB o css hacks for iIE7…

    Still, it works, and I was like “hurray!!! no more hacks!!!” and indeed, I won’t hack for IE8 ever, no matter what. I’ll still hack for IE7, if there’s any need, and my IE6 hacks will be a copy paste from IE7′s, with the exception of png backgrounds, which go to either gif backgrounds or none…

  • Kyle

    You missed the point then…

    “The fundamental problem is Microsoft’s decision to allow users to continue to view billions of old pages optimized for non-compliant IE 6 and 7 that would otherwise be scrambled in IE 8.

    As far as von Tetzchner is concerned, that’s not just bad for companies like Opera that must continue wasting time and money simply updating sites built for IE 6 and 7 to work with their browsers. It also means that Microsoft continues to exert undue and damaging influence over the web.”

    …on a somewhat related note about licensing and Apple, I did like this part:

    “We’ve done a fair amount of work to make Opera Mini run well on the Blackberry, and we’d do the same thing for the iPhone.”

    Unfortunately, I don’t see that happening, which is sad because Opera simply owns the mobile browser market and has a far superior browser than what’s on the iPhone now.