Now, being quite a fan of Firefox, I decided to read through this.
This read will not help you stop fighting with your lover over who’s doing the washing up but there will not be any questions left concerning which is the best web browser in the world. To avoid being accused of subjectivity I will give you some points that NOBODY will be able to argue with because everything in this article will be true and verifiable.
So be it, I thought, I’ll go check out those errors. For these tests, I will be using the latest version of Firefox (3.0.1) and Internet Explorer 7.0.5730.13 to compare.
The guys talk about standards. Then, why is it that FireFox cannot deal with <div> tags?
Well, let’s look at the issues he mentions. First up is Superbreak.com, where the footer allegedly is different between IE and Fx.
So, what difference do I see? Well, I don’t really see much, to be honest. On Firefox there are separators between the links below the copyright message, which obviously is intended behavior, so that would count against IE.
Upon closer inspection in Firebug, I see that he must be talking about how the top 2/3rds of the short summary text describing Short Break can’t be clicked on.
This makes perfect sense, however, because they decided that, in order to be “search engine friendly“, they wanted to move that blurb up to the top of the source code and use absolute positioning to move it down to where it needs to be displayed. Then, later, when the “footertext” div (which is highlighted in blue on the picture) is drawn, it is drawn on top of the blurb, rendering a large part inaccessible.
Just because it’s the intended effect of the website coder, doesn’t mean it’s the correct way to render it. I’ll have to deduct points for IE on this one, too.
The next site mentioned is Squidoo, but I won’t really talk about that, because I couldn’t find anything wrong with it. I could create a page just fine in Firefox, and edit it afterward as well. No clue what the problem there’s supposed to be.
2. Captcha – it is a small script webmasters install on their blogs to keep the spamming bastards away. To prove you are human, you are asked to enter the digits displayed on Captcha. Some of these scripts won’t work with FireFox and instead of having a site buzzing with comments, you wonder, hey, where’s everyone gone? Nowhere, they’re hanging around and trying to comment via FireFox and it’s not working. Wanna try? Go to http://www.themallblog.com/ (hey, I just made you popular) and try commenting with a FireFox and then try the same with Internet Explorer. How did you like the difference?
I just posted a comment without any problems. From Firefox. Bit odd way of not working, what with it working and all. Ah well. Next point.
5. Your personal ambitions. You don’t like Internet Explorer because it comes from Microsoft. You hate Microsoft because it is a brainchild of Bill Gates. You hate Bill Gates because he is more successful than you and he’s filthy rich.
No. I dislike Internet Explorer because:
- It doesn’t handle PNG alpha transparency.
- It doesn’t let me serve my XHTML blog with the correct MIME type.
- It has 10 outstanding unpatched Secunia security advisories. To compare, Firefox has zero, as does Opera.
- For some odd reason, it takes seconds from middleclicking on a link till the new tab opens in my IE. In Fx, it opens instantly.
- If you recall my favicon article, IE doesn’t support data URIs, while just about any other browser does.
The list could go on, but I have to stop somewhere and pick a browser, now don’t I?
6. You’re using an illegal piratical copy of Windows, hence you cannot download the latest version of Internet Explorer and you just have to settle for a free browser. It is easier to bury a thing you cannot afford than to work hard in order to afford more. When an owner of a Yugo says Rolls Royce is a shit, it is quite understandable because it makes him feel better… at least for a little while.
My laptop came with Windows XP Professional, which I am using. That install of Windows XP Professional also came with IE, which I am not using.
Just because you have to pay more for something doesn’t make it better. If you don’t realize this, I cannot help you. Except by offering you a brand new Wii, shipped to your house (free ship–oh wait, $100 shipping), for $20,000. That’s right, you heard me, $20.000, it’s the unbargain of the century.
7. All rumours that Internet Explorer is being overtaken by FireFox are just a fake. It is still around 58% for IE and 32% for FF.
32% was in March/April of last year. Right now it’s 52% to IE and 42% to Firefox. Yup, I sure don’t see Firefox gaining ground here.
8. Extra strain on web designers. You will be surprised but the majority of web designers don’t give a fig about the web standards, XHTML, HTML strict, transitional, whatever. In fact, if you look at Google search result pages you will se that many Top10 pages are a mess of a code. If you are a web designer that doesn’t do clean code, you have to walk and extra mile to cater for FireFox users. With Internet Explorer it is simpler – if you have some basic knowledge, you will quickly construct pages without gaps, zaps, flaws and other artefacts. Then you go and view your flawless page on a FireFox and alas, why there’s this gap?
Yeah, I’m with you on this one. There’s no point in making your pages work for more than half of your readers. They’re using a non IE-browser, so they don’t have any money anyway, according to point 6.
9. Stability. Majority of us still use Windows. Internet Explorer is built specially for Windows and it is fully integrated. When it comes to stability and integrity, Internet Explorer gives you more and crashes less frequently than FireFox.
I’m really loving the lack of sources, especially for this one. I’m reminded of a playground argument.
“My browser crashes less than your browser!”
“Nuh-uhhhh, cause my daddy made mine just for me”
“Well, my daddy bought mine for ten bajillion dollars, so its better, haaah!”
10. Safety? Oh, give me a break. Even FireFox themselves have said that there was no magic bullet to ensure safety on web. In fact, during the previous years Microsoft has been faced with less number of safety flaws than FireFox. In the end it is not the browser but the anti-virus software that determines whether you are safe on the web or not. It is a good anti-virus package (not free soft) that stops adware, kills hacker attempts and destroys the virus attacks. And it is your common sense that provides an extra safety. Majority of web surfers will click on a button that says: I am the red button, click me to get a virus. It is not my assumption, it is the fact. FireFox will never be safe because it has tens of thousands of add-ons freely distributed and out of control! Many of them are malicious, the rest of them are coded by teenagers and just build up and crash.
Fact: Neither Opera, Firefox nor Safari have had any extremely critical vulnerabilities from 2003-2008. IE? Well, see for yourself.
Fact: Firefox blocks a lot of attack and phishing sites with a big red warning that is pretty hard to ignore.
Fact: Firefox addons are marked as experimental until they have been reviewed by a staff member of addons.mozilla.org. You cannot install experimental addons without registering, logging in, asking to see experimental addons, then agreeing to a safety warning. All other addons can be installed without any problems without an account.
(Anecdotal) Fact: Firefox 3 hasn’t crashed on me.
Now, since this is all so true and verifiable, please respond to this post with some actual sources behind your statements. Thanks.