Tuesday, November 09, 2004

Mozilla FireFox 1.0

In the good old days (note the sarcastic tone), designing web sites meant you had to worry about many different browser versions. I remember all to well trying to make the same interface work in Microsoft IE 3, IE 4, Netscape 2, 3, 4, 4.07 & 4.77 (never mind AOL and others!).

Thankfully, as of late, the browser wars have been more or less over. That is not to suggest that we, as consumers, won -- it just made our lives a bit less complicated. With Microsoft finally beating Netscape, and AOL running it into the ground it appeared that IE (with its many flaws) was to be the browser that we all had to deal with. And all was good -- ok, maybe not, but it was at least nice to only have one major browser on the market to design for.

But for months now, Mozilla FireFox has been gaining ground. I have used it as my primary browser for months and even though it means more design work (mostly just dealing with flaws in IE and its CSS limitations); I’m happy to say that v1.0 is finally out! If you are worried about security, wish for a faster browsing experience, or are just not a fan of IE – give FireFox a try, I think you will like it.

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