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Sorry, IDWIMIE

You might expect Internet Explorer to be the best browser, but, despite its current dominance, that is far from true. Frequently in this book, I mention a CCS feature and tell you IDWIMIE—It Doesn't Work In Microsoft Internet Explorer. Internet Explorer is frozen in a non-standards past and, as a consequence, is losing market share rapidly. For some of Internet Explorer's shortcomings, there are workarounds known as hacks—the non-standard use of CSS to fool particular browsers into seeing or ignoring certain styles. It's tedious and time-consuming to create hacks; Internet Explorer must get with the program or continue to lose ground to its more compliant fellow browsers.

For us Web site designers and the visitors to the sites we create, Web standards offer the prospect of sites displaying and behaving consistently in every browser, on every platform. We're not thereyet, but the days of every browser supporting a different feature set, with all the resultant technical inconsistencies that can make cross-browser/cross-platform Web development slow and frustrating, are it seems, almost over.


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