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Can We Still Believe In IE?
firmly holds the web browser market share in its grip. Sadly, the IE/win developers prioritized proprietary features over support of key web standards such as CSS and PNG, effectively stifling the future of the web.
After all, how can developers implement standards that will make their clients' sites appear broken to the great majority of their users?
Getting the whole picture?
I designed a hidden message above to be obscured by IE/win's choice of features over standards. In particular, I took advantage of IE's colored scrollbars, conditional comments, lack of support for CSS2 selectors and a buggy, incomplete alpha-tranparent PNG implementation.
What's the hidden message?
View this page in Opera, Mozilla, Netscape 6+, Firebird, Chimera, Safari, Konqeror (basically any modern browser that's not IE) and you should see the message. If you don't have access to one of those (all are free), here's a screenshot in Opera 7.
What's hiding what?
- CSS1 selectors were used to hide bits of text, while CSS2 selectors override these rules. IE fails to understand CSS2 selectors (part of a 1998 standard!) so those bits remain hidden.
- A line of text is included as a 1%-transparent PNG image (a 1996 standard!), but IE's buggy renderer displays the image as completely transparent (effectively invisible).
- Conditional comments are used to give IE extra content in a height-restricted area, but...
- ...although the user could scroll to see it, I've colored the user's scrollbars (proprietary CSS) all white to hide them.
June 3, 2003.