Every web developer has to get pissed off about IE at one point or another in their life and I am no different. IE is such a piece of trash. I have hated it for years and every day I hate it more and more. Everything about it sucks. It used to be the best browser like 30 years ago when nobody used the Internet. Once browsers like Firefox and Safari came out they totally dominated it.
The best part about IE is when you try to float something and it decides it would be cool to squish the text to one word per line. I love that feature. I also like how IE decides to multiply my margins 2X randomly. That is super helpful when I'm looking to float certain items at a fixed width. An additional result of this 2X margin feature is that my sidebars will totally move down to the bottom of the screen. Apparently overlapping text is way too advanced for IE and it still thinks this is the 80s. If anything is even 1px too far over the margin IE decides now would be a good time to dump the whole section to the buttom of the page, just where users like to see it and then email you asking why you put everything at the bottom of the page and not the big empty side space. I like this and so do my site visitors. IE also does lots of other cool things like use the wrong sizes for heading tags by default, use the wrong margins and padding by default, lack useful plugins, use notepad for source code, try to copy other superior browsers, not follow any web standard, allow tons of viruses and spyware and just plain suck.
Perhaps my biggest pet peave of IE is how you can't edit the damn CSS in real time. It's almost self-refuting... the one browser that sucks so bad that you have to tweak the CSS to no end doesn't have a solid solution for real time CSS editing. Sure there's programs you can download like CSS Vista (which is the best solution) but then it decides to crash when you have multiple stylesheets with lots of code. With IE you get to play the guess game on what values are making your site look like trash. IE is such a waste of Internet.
I had another fun IE adventure today when I realized that my stylesheet wasn't loading correctly for IE. Rather than IE giving me an error or doing something coherent it did the next best thing: stop 1/2 way through each page load and give me a white screen of nothing. That's cool if you don't like browsing sites. So there I was scratching my head trying to figure out why the hell my site won't load in IE. It took about 2 hours or so to finally pinpoint it down to my extra IE stylesheet that I shouldn't have to use anyway.
Seriously, IE is the only browser that you have to include a separate IE stylesheet for. Are you freaking kidding me? I am trying to develop 1 web site. Not 2 sites - one for Internet people and one for IE. The worst damn part about IE is that 70%+ stupid Internet users use this piece of trash because they don't know any better. If it was anything less than 15% of users I would totally be done with creating sloppy hacks for it. Way to go Microsoft, force your trash on more people and waste everyone's time.
I also like how IE took about 5 years to finally release their brand new and un-improved piece of trash version 7. This upgrade was almost as bad as Vista. Does it really take 5 years to not do anything? Seriously, I finally thought all my IE problems would finally come to an end once IE7 came out. Guess again. IE7 didn't fix anything and is still a piece of garbage. When will Internet Exploiter finally get it right?
I would rather not browse the Internet than browse with this clunky, slow, buggy, sloppy, ancient excuse for software. Go home IE, nobody likes you.Filed under: Internet / Web, Web, Browsers