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[a special message for newbies, IE means Internet Explorer (just incase ;))]
I love Netscape, and I still use it over Mozilla (even though I probably officially shouldn't). However, I don't generally recommened Netscape to people (usually Opera or Mozilla instead) for one simple reason: Everyboddy hates you.
As I said a few minutes ago, I've found one definate drawback to being a Netscape user:
Everyboddy hates you.
I love Netscape because of the throbber. Seriously! ^_^ Okay, so I love "Netscape/Mozilla" (Gecko browsers) because it has the most complete support for the CSS specification than any other browser, because it has a built in popup blocker, because it has tabbed browsing and because it's secure (I feel safe when doing online shopping).
I also love Safari because of the way it makes text look beautiful, because it has tabbed browsing and a built in popup blocker, because of it's excellent support for CSS and other standards (although I realise that this support is not quite as complete Gecko's) and because of its speed. And as an added bonus... it's made by Apple! ^_^
It has a tendency to pick up browser cooties, and it's got two speeds - slow and back up. Other than that I've always loved it and still do, and I think about 95% of the surfing public does too so us IE fans have lots of company.
Since I run an MS OS, I of course get IE bundled in the package. I use IE because over 90% of the surfing population use IE. I have to be able to see what the majority of my visitors are seeing.
I also use Opera, Mozilla, Netscape and a few other lesser known browsers. I use these mainly for testing purposes to make sure that my IE is not showing me something that the others aren't.
Yes, it does have its faults. But, you eventually figure out ways around those faults. Just like any program, there are pros and cons.
For those of you switching away from IE, just be sure to keep a recent copy somewhere so that you can test your sites in the majority browser. Just because it looks fine in Opera or Mozilla, that doesn't mean IE is going to display it the same way! ;)
Not that ie isn't a good program, just that I can't risk any more data to the lack of ms security.
1. Web sites that have information I want are coded so that only IE will display them properly.
2. I must test my own code in whatever browser that has the widest user base.
I don't like using IE because:
1. It's tied to the Windows OS too tightly. If the browser crashes, it can take down or freeze my entire system too easily, requiring me to reboot and relaunch any other apps I was using, loosing work.
2. It is sluggish by comparison with Opera, Firebird, Netscape. I once wrote that the switch to Opera was like getting an extra hour of productivity handed to me every day
3. The preference settings are obtusely worded and awkward to use.
4. If I'm exploring a rough web neighborhood, there are too many well known browser exploits for IE.
To be honest, amongst the people that know what they're talking about with browsers (i.e. web developers), it's about a 50/50 pro-IE/anti-IE division.
I'm not sure what version of math you are learning, but a simple poll of this thread, with 20 previous posts yields 10 in favor of IE, 4 against, and 6 non-committal or duplicates.
That seems a bit more like 70/30 in favor of IE "amongst the people that know" based on this thread that actually asked the question.
And the responders to this thread include several moderators, the owner of the board, and an administrator or two. I would say that these people are "amongst the people that know".
Just because you have a personal bias against all things MS, don't skew the facts.