My geek-enduring girlfriend, Jo has updated her Blog with some cutting comments about a section of the Firefox community. And she’s right about it all. Not just because she has an automatic “I’m right” veto, but because it’s actually all true.
It struck just how silly blocking out IE to promote a browser based on Open Standards really is. It’s actually really rather distressing.
Now, I’ve no problem with going ahead and using ‘new’ web technologies (like <abbr>eviation tags, for instance) when I know that it will still degrade back and function in IE (and everything else that came before). But the idea of deliberately sabotaging pages to promote a browser that suffers from the IE legacy of non-standard broken code seems really… stupid.
I rather wish that The Mozilla Foundation would stand up at this point, tell those people who give tech-evangelism this bad name to pack up and leave (therefore resolving MozillaZine’s bandwidth cost issues) and support and encourage a community based on an honest, open character rather than letting fanboys ruin the potential that Firefox holds for the mass market. Sadly, and rather embarrassingly, that would require Firefox’s lead programmer to admit that his old Weblog had the wrong idea too.