In an interesting post in the IE Blog, lead program manager Chris Wilson explains the current state of affairs in the touchy realm of "IE and standards support". It's an interesting read, and he makes a few cogent points. He also calls for specific requests about standards IE should support, and I'm happy to oblige.
First of all, I'm glad Microsoft employees have the courage to speak up on this touchy subject, while knowing that for each helpful comment they receive they'll have to wade through a few dozen rants from standards zealots. Microsoft's increased communication on these difficult points makes me hope the new Explorer will take the wishes of us web developers into account.
Two of Wilson's points are interesting enough to repeat:
At the end of his entry, Wilson says:
Finally, I want you all to know that specific requests and descriptions of problems in the field help us tremendously in prioritizing what we need to do. There is some great work that has been done in harvesting the collective knowledge of the web development community, such as on quirksmode [hey, that's me!], meyerweb.com, CSSVault, glish and Position Is Everything. We pay a lot of attention to this kind of thoughtful insight into the biggest problems web developers face today. We'd like to encourage those facing real-world problems with the IE platform to participate in these kinds of efforts, so we can use this to help prioritize our development.
I'll take him up on that. Here is my personal top-five of CSS functionalities I'd like to see added to Explorer, in this order:
(The float model could be in this list, too, but I'd like to spend some more thought on it before committing it to paper (well, the Web). I have the feeling IE's float model can sometimes be very useful, and maybe, just maybe, a choice of float models analogous to a choice of box models is a good idea. More on this later.)
If you want to help the IE team (as opposed to mindlessly bashing it with a herd of firefoxes), create your own list and put it on your blog. That'll help Wilson and his people to get their priorities straight.
Note: any list in the comments on this page will be removed. Post it on your blog, not on mine. Linking to your own list is allowed, though.
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