[thelist] Tip o'the day (x2)

rudy r937 at interlog.com
Fri Feb 16 16:19:38 CST 2001

> ... people aren't going to upgrade until you give them
> something better -- do web surfers see the browser as
> something in need of upgrading?

hi abbey

excellent point, most people don't see the need. and, as has already been
said quite nicely by others, bashing them over the head isn't likely to get
the desired results

to be fair to alistapart, their audience is *web developers* so they are
quite right to ditch support for old browsers

i'll have to go back and read the screed, er, article again, but i got the
distinct impression that they were advocating that *all* sites should adopt
the same attitude -- which seems pretty silly, once you consider ecommerce

as for trading off the complexity of nested tables for the complexity of
floating divs that are 67%, or was it 52%, and don't forget to *quote* the
@import file...   well, it still sounds like a hack to me

the best comparison i've heard to upgrading browsers was on another list
where somebody said

   >  Most users, particularly people who are not computer oriented,
   >  do not download browsers. Just like you don't upgrade the
   >  software that runs your microwave oven.

all in all, i do sympathize with what ALA is trying to do, i just don't
think they're going to be very successful converting the majority of web
developers to adopt the same attitude on sites they do for money


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