Browser Battle

by john on December 30, 2002

Thankfully I don’t code websites for a living. If I did I think I’d just about go nuts. As I’ve been tweaking the CSS for this site I’ve really struggled with how something will look and act one way in IE and an entirely different way in Phoenix or Mozilla or Opera. What’s really frustrating is that from what I can tell the major reason for the discrepancies is that each company interprets the specifications differently, so in fact not all of the problems are bugs per se, they are just caused by a mis-reading of spec. How irritating.

As much as I like Phoenix it does need to be more reliable if I’m going to make the switch for good. For example tonight I’m picking someone up at the airport and so I just jumped over to americawest.com to check on the flight status.

After entering the flight number and clicking the check button I waited and waited as the page attempted to load. Did that about three times all the while cursing America West for their lousy web site. Then I thought to try it in IE. Boom – flight status in under 2 seconds.

Now they might still have a lousy website, I’m in no mood to try and figure out why it wasn’t working in Phoenix, but as long as major sites don’t work right in it I’ve got to keep IE at the ready.

{ 2 comments }

Blaine Hilton December 30, 2002 at 10:04 pm

Hopefully these “new” web standards will get everyone on the same page. I think there will always be problems though, I mean look at people from different areas of the countries at their different accents.

john December 30, 2002 at 10:17 pm

Exactly! And it’s not just accents, I mean people from Milwaukee call water fountains “bubblers” for crimeny sakes.

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