Standards and CSS in IE7
July 31, 2005 3 Comments
While it's great to see that IE7 has tabs and addresses a whole host of CSS and layout deficiencies and bugs, it boggles the mind when you think how far behind IE actually is. For instance, IE7 will be the first IE to natively support tabs, years after almost every other browser on the planet did. This kind of complacency was allowed because they had such a large market share. I don't think it's a coincidence that we are finally seeing these features now, with Firefox taking the web by storm. Better late than never I guess, but this is why monopoly is bad. The good news here is that IE7 is being developed with an amount of transparency (and I'm not talking about the fact they transparent PNG's are finally supported) that is unheard of in IE land – and that is a very good thing. Kudos to the IE team for that much. As Asa says though, it's too bad for all the windows 98, windows 2000, and windows XP pre-SP2 users out there that they won't get this upgrade.