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Confused About Firefox.

Reasons for Using Firefox over IE.

     
6:56 am on Feb 19, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Hello Everyone!

Can someone help me in getting rid of confusion on why to use firefox over Internet Explorer?

Which one is better for SEO purpose and normal browsing.

What advantages one gets if he/she uses firefox with all its recommended extensions over internet explorer and how does that effects your normal SEO Work.

TIA.

7:11 am on Feb 19, 2006 (gmt 0)

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I use firefox for SEO, site development and general browsing.
As to why, the extensions. The only drawback is some pages and forms won't render or pass info in the forms, just have the exention that right click and display page in IE. The range of extentions is mindblogging. Want the CSS files being used in a page displayed in a side bar or want to edit the sites css and see the results on the fly, how about meta tags and header status in your status bar, pages indexed, back links found by google, yahoo msn in a dropdown for the page or site you are on... the list goes on. Tabbed pages, better bookmark management just try it.
5:15 pm on Feb 19, 2006 (gmt 0)

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where to begin...

extensions are definitely a big plus, but even more fundamental than that is Firefox's integrity as a browser. Firefox meets web standards much better than IE, just Google the "Acid2 test". It's an image made of pretty tricky code. Not surprisingly, IE butchers it while Firefox displays it much better (only Safari displays it perfectly).

A less significant plus for Firefox is tabbed browsing. As a webmaster its good to limit the huge mess of windows to a few tabbed ones.

11:43 pm on Feb 19, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Firefox is reasonably up to date with the DOM. IE is eight years behind the standard.

Firefox is reasonably up to date with CSS. IE has had no updates since 2001 and does not properly support CSS as far back as 1998.

Firefox can run XHTML. IE cannot.

Firefox is up on the ECMA javascript standard. IE is not.

Firefox closely follows the W3C standard for HTML/XHTML/XML/CSS. IE has too many bugs, quirks and errors.

Firefox runs on most operating systems. IE only runs on Windows.

Firefox doesn't use ActiveX, a serious concern for security. IE does use ActiveX.

Firefox is under continuous, active development. IE has had no development since 2001.

IE7 only fixes seven CSS bugs and adds two from 1998 but little else.

There's more. Do you want more?

8:33 pm on Feb 20, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Not to mention that Firefox is faster. Every time I'm forced to use Explorer, it hits me how much slower it is.