I received an email from Microsoft yesterday. They announced that Internet Explorer 8 would soon be released.
Then came the interesting part. They want me to make sure that my websites are compatible with their browser, the new IE 8. Isn’t that a bit backwards? Shouldn’t their new browser be compatible with existing websites? If a website displays correctly with IE 7, shouldn’t they make absolutely, positively sure that it will work equally well with IE 8?
So, how do I check to make sure my website is compatible? Oh, it’s so simple, just download the beta version of IE 8 and view my websites. If they display properly, then I am compatible. Gee. Really?
Between my dozen websites, that amounts to about 5,000 pages. Viewing each page, assuming I take no breaks or have any distractions would take about 14 hours (at 10 seconds per page). However, the logistics of tracking which pages I have checked and which pages are pending would be a formidable task, easily doubling or tripling the amount of time. Then, what if a page needed to be tweaked? That would take much more than 10 seconds per page.
Hey, I have a different idea. Let’s not use Internet Explorer 8. Problem solved.