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---- Websites 1st, Browsers 2nd or is that backwards?
victor - 7:00 am on Oct 25, 2003 (gmt 0)
|My question.. how many of you even care if your website will work with another browser other than IE... which seems to dominate the browser usage? |
I care because: A significant proportion of my visitors are bots that will add my site to their search engine indexes. I don't want to do anything -- anything -- that might trip them up, cause them to miss content, or flag me as only needing a occassional visit from their heavy-duty parser. Sop I make sure all my code is 100% validated, regardless of the malformed HTML I could get away with when only looking at IE.
An important class of visitors, though small in number, is Directory editors. Who knows what browser they are using? Can you take the risk that they pass your site by for ones that they can see properly?
A growing class of visitors use other means -- PDA browsers, small phone browsers, voice-browsers (for the blind, or those driving). Any of these people may be making a list, while on the train, of sites to visit when they get back to a full desktop. If they can't read your site, you won't be on that list.
IE isn't one product. 5.0, 5.5, 6.0 are the main versions. Plus service pack intermediaries. Plus the MAC/PC codebase split. Code that looks okay in just one of those versions, may fail badly in another. And who knows just how quirky early versions of IE 7.0 will be?
Given that it is easier to write fully validated, standards complaint code (we have the tools) than to document exactly the expected results of every deliberately inserted bug, why would anyone not do that?
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