[whatwg] Using the HTML5 DOCTYPE as a new quirksmode switch

Shadow2531 shadow2531 at gmail.com
Sat Mar 10 12:51:14 PST 2007

On 3/10/07, Mihai Sucan <mihai.sucan at gmail.com> wrote:
> Le Sat, 10 Mar 2007 22:21:11 +0200, Shadow2531 <shadow2531 at gmail.com>
> > It seems that even in standards mode, people expect some quirky
> > behavior and MS wants to retain the quirkyness even in standards mode.
> > If they continue to fix standards mode, they'll break way too many
> > sites.
> Precisely! That's what I said: the standards mode in IE is rather quirky.
> However, I do *not* buy it: I don't believe they'll magically come up with
> IE.next having a "strict standards mode" which is up-to-par with the
> standards mode in, say, Opera. Even if they do, don't think the standards
> mode in Opera/Gecko/whatever is perfect either. They all have quirks. But
> ... because we are talking about IE, we will again end up having sites
> relying on the "strict standards mode", and again Microsoft would break
> way too many sites if they change the rendering in this new mode. It's an
> endless loop. (see one of my previous replies to this thread)
> > That's what I got out of the video.
> That's correct. I did understand relatively the same.

You make a good point. It could very well be an endless loop and
there's no guarantee (or even past evidience to show) that IE's new
standards mode would be up to par.

I guess at the least, it shows the desperate need to do something about IE.


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