Worrisome points here. The release cycle IE is now projecting is decent, new browsers more often. But what’s far more important than shipping frequency, is the browser half-life; soon there will be way too many configurations of IE for anyone in the web production industry to stay sane. IE10 comes out soon and IE6, IE7 and especially IE8 aren’t going anywhere. So each new IE browser, even if it were clean of bugs, still does nothing to make IE better. No one is using them. Not to mention the rendering mode in each IE browser is different than the last – bringing in bugs almost as random or weird than the ones it reportedly fixes.
Link: Browser Market Pollution: IE[x] is the new IE6 – (http://paulirish.com/2011/browser-market-pollution-iex-is-the-new-ie6/) from (author unknown) at Paul Irish
Great summery of all the things I’ve thought about regarding cross browser design. I hadn’t thought about the TV example before, but it is true. TV has solved this problem seemingly without a headache. Old tvs show black and white, small screens may crop the image, while widescreen shows full picture and HD shows HD. It’d be crazy to only show black and white picture because you don’t want the content to look different on one tv box vs another. Browsers should be the same story.