17 February 2011

Mozilla: Internet Explorer 9 Isn’t A ‘Modern’ Browser


Why is Mozilla harshing on Internet Explorer 9? The company’s tech evangelist, Paul Rouget, said in a recent blog post that Internet Explorer 9 isn’t a “truly modern” browser, specifically calling out its implementation of HTML5. He said, "I don’t understand why the average person couldn’t use both (along with Chrome and Opera) to browse the Web as they see fit".

Rouget takes issue with IE9′s implementation of HTML5, saying Microsoft new’s browser actually doesn’t support 99 percent of the HTML5 spec. Expanding that further, Rouget illustrates that IE9 supports a whopping 61 percent of Web standards. Compare that to Firefox’s 87 percent.

Probably most damning, and probably not too far off the mark, is the claim that IE9 is some two years late, specifically with its use of the video tag and and the canvas tag, to say nothing of SVG support.

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