In response to the launch of the Web Standards Project’s Browse Happy campaign a few weeks back, John Carroll shared some thoughts about what alternative browsers ought to be doing to topple IE’s lead.
Boiling down John’s article reveals only a very small grain of actual suggestion: to challenge IE, other browsers must duplicate all its proprietary features. His final conclusion appears to be that standards are good, but slow, so why not use IE as the de facto standard and let the W3C play catch-up?
I’ll tell you why not.
Because the legion of developers and designers clamoring for Microsoft to improve their standards support is growing daily. No one is begging Mozilla to implement ActiveX and the rest, John’s pet issues aside.
Always remember the wisdom of Monkeyboy.