After the furious controversy and rationalisation unleashed by Microsoft’s embrace of version targeting from IE8 onwards, we were thrilled by their u-turn on the decision yesterday. Instead of acting like IE7 unless instructed otherwise, “IE8 will, by default, interpret web content in the most standards compliant way it can.” Big sigh of relief.
In the review, Resig makes one comment that resonated with me: “I simultaneously feel both joy and anger in seeing these fixed. Happy that they’re being released and anger for the fact that I had to struggle through them and that they now consume some portion of my brain.” Joy and anger. That’s exactly what IE8 makes me feel. We’re made to feel grateful for the fixing of years-old bugs that on any normal software product wouldn’t have been tolerated for longer than a few months.