Internet Explorer, How Do I Hate Thee?

May 9, 2008

A couple of weeks ago I wrote about the problems that Internet Explorer caused with form filling. Today there is yet another incompatibility. Several people have reported a large white area at the top of pages when they print. This white area covers content and it extremely annoying.

This white area is where the Flash drop-down menus on our site would appear if they were dropped down. Unfortunately Internet Explorer is just flat out misinterpreting the data when it prints! If any other browser is used to view and print the site, the error doesn’t occur.

Since Microsoft has the largest market share (and shrinking) for browsers, they have made their own rules for Web site coding. Unfortunately there are standards and Microsoft doesn’t follow them. So incompatibilities like this are inevitable.

This is why I beg users to use a different browser. My suggestion is Firefox. It is faster, safer and has more features than Internet Explorer. You can still have Internet Explorer on your system. Firefox is free. Your “favorites” can be transferred. So there are absolutely no downsides. Please take the five minutes it takes to install Firefox if you don’t already have it installed. You will certainly enjoy your browsing experience more than you do now!

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  1. Foster D. Coburn III

    We have discovered the cause of the menus printing incorrectly in Internet Explorer. The developer of the menus has released an update that corrects the problem. The updated menu has been installed on the CorelDRAW Unleashed site. The menus on the Graphics Unleashed site will be updated later today.

    Even with this fix, I still highly recommend that users do their browsing in Firefox!

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  2. Jeff Harrison

    Firefox, I agree. I can’t imagine surfing without it! Even before FF, I used Opera. IE… I avoid like the the plague.

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Foster D. Coburn III is author of 13 best-selling books on CorelDRAW and has been a contributor to numerous technology and graphics-related magazines. Foster has taken many projects, including this Web site, from the early design stage through to a finished piece. He has been a featured speaker at many graphics conferences. His first Web site was built in 1995 and he has been working exclusively in WordPress since 2013.

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