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Click Online's regular feedback slot allows you to have your say on issues mentioned in the programme and other technology matters.

We can always tell when we have been talking about alternatives to Microsoft software, because our mail box just fills up.

But we never thought we would be swamped with e-mails about browsers. Who would have thought that something as simple as a browser would cause so many e-mails?

Many of you let us know what your favourite browser was, and while everyone voted for just about every flavour of browser out there, including Internet Explorer, we would say that that it was Firefox that came out on top despite Microsoft's Internet Explorer having something like 90% of the browser market.

Of course there were other people who wanted to comment.

Mark Johnson contacted us to say:

"I'd just like to point out that the guy from Deepnet completely missed the point. He claims that the Internet Explorer engine is more 'compatible' than the Gecko engine used by Mozilla browsers like Firefox. What he seems to have overlooked is that the IE engine isn't compliant with Web Standards defined by the World Wide Web Consortium, whereas Gecko is. Therefore, IE is not properly compatible with any site built by a website designer/developer using the industry standards for HTML, CSS, etc."

We had several e-mails like this and for our money - which you aren't bound to take - we think it misses the point.

If the standards from the world wide web consortium don't include Microsoft's product surely it means that both Microsoft AND the consortium are missing a trick - with the number of users that Microsoft bring to the browser party surely we don't get anywhere simply by saying Microsoft are out of step?

Martin Pilkington e-mailed us to say:

"Coupled with the countless security holes, this lack of compatibility with international standards means that Internet Explorer just isn't going to cut it against the new browsers. And as the majority of non-IE browsers use open source rendering engines they will get updates and security fixes long before IE, which begs the question: is Internet Explorer really relevant in today's world?"

We wonder if this is more to the point.

We don't think it is fair to say that with 90% of the market Internet Explorer isn't relevant, but if the Open Source arena does end up proving more popular than Microsoft, and the jury is still out on that question, then we would say that Internet Explorer would be the first part of the Microsoft empire to go - but it's early days yet.

Finally, Andy Melia pointed out:

"Hi, in your feature on Google Earth you failed to mention that it doesn't work on Apple Macs."

You are dead right, and thank you for mentioning it for us.

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War of the web browsers
12 Aug 05 |  Click Online


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