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CNET Builder.com: IE 5.0 improves on earlier releases but complicates Web builders' lives

Mar 24, 1999, 20:32 (3 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Dan Shafer)

"Microsoft finally shipped Version 5.0 of its Internet Explorer Web browser on Thursday, March 18. The product has numerous incremental improvements that users will probably find interesting and helpful. At the same time, the new release has the potential to make the lives of Web builders even more complicated, if that's possible.

While CNET.com reviewed the new browser from the user's perspective, this article's focus is on the viewpoint of the poor saps who have to build the Web sites that users get to visit with this new browser edition. For us, the news, while not entirely bad, is nonetheless disappointing. Microsoft has fallen well short of its promises to support World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) standards, particularly in its selective, fragmentary, and unhelpful support for the Document Object Model (DOM). After running a copy of the final-release version of IE 5.0 for several days on dozens of sites and putting the product through literally hundreds of tests, I can say with some confidence that Web builders who have to design sites for multiple browsers are going to want to lay in a big stock of headache remedies if they add IE 5.0 to that list."

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