In advance, I apologize to the computer-savvy portion of my audience. You see, I don’t know programming language well enough to interpret my initial research. Here is some of the unintelligible gibberish I encountered in the comments section of a techie blog:
“This page has 67 HTML validation errors. Its CSS has 7 errors and a number of warnings about things which will affect accessibility… If you can’t get these things right, how can you hope to comply with standards elsewhere?”
I responded with the eloquent phrase, “Huzzuhwha now?”
So yes, I’m terrible at programming language. My forte lies in snarky quips and fancy wordplay (at least, I like to believe that). In the end, that means I’ll never have a job while you computer people laugh atop your piles of money like Scrooge McDuck.
But now, I’m going to say something that will knock your monocles off. I did all my research for this entry using Internet Explorer, and encountered no problems or frustrations.
Let me guess your response: “Huzzuhwha?”
It’s true, I upgraded to IE9 and have yet to encounter a problem (I still prefer Chrome, so don’t sharpen your pitchforks just yet). Online searches agreed with my assessment, showing that some geeks no longer mind IE as a browser choice.
Howtogeek.com complimented IE9, saying, “it’s got a shiny new interface that looks a lot like Google Chrome, blazing fast hardware acceleration, and supports HTML5 surprisingly well—in fact, it’s so much better that 34% of our readers said they will switch to IE9.”
However, that shining statement only comes after a detailed listing of why geeks hate Internet Explorer.
“Supporting IE is like a fork in the eye for Web devs. . . You open up IE and your page looks like somebody put it into a blender and hit the whip button. Then you spend double that amount of time trying to fix it. . . Geeks don’t hate something that’s inferior—but they do hate it when it’s forced on them.”
In many ways, I understand this sentiment. However, Microsoft has recently reworked IE into something tolerable. Does Internet Explorer only receive scorn because it is associated with Microsoft? Is that a good enough reason to equate it with the stench of sauerkraut?
During my research, I found website urls ranging from “ihateinternetexplorer.com” to “wehateie.co.uk” to the vowel-plagued “www.ihateie.com.” Revulsion comes from all directions, getting worse as the website quality diminishes (read carefully if look up that last one). Eventually, the venting gets petty and crude.
Honestly, I think browser choice is a poor reason to judge people. Microsoft and IE may have a sordid history, but that’s no reason to post statements like “ummm, I hate IE cause i got a brain!” on some terrible venting website. Or “It smells like hardcore goose fat!” Or “I fart better source code while I’m sleeping.” Let’s grow up a little bit.
Also, let’s learn the English language. I think every quote I used contained at least one error. And now you’re going to look for them, aren’t you? So predictable. . .