A governmental ban on Internet Explorer

ieerrorLast week, the U.S. government urged its citizens not to use the Internet Explorer web browser. They cite the reason as preventing viruses from using IE to attack our computers; but I think the REAL reason is simply that IE is simply a bad browser.

If there was a defective baby stroller on the market, it would be recalled; if people were eating contaminated meat, they’d be told to stop buying that kind of meat. So why shouldn’t there be a mechanism for the government to prevent people from making¬†decisions that will give them a less-than-ideal internet experience?

As a webmaster, I know that browsers are everything. A user might visit my website in Chrome and have a fantastic experience, and then might go over to IE and not be able to see certain images. Fonts don’t come through, design elements get funky — and as far as I know, there’s not a whole lot I can do about it. Except call in the government and ask for a favor.

Really, this whole thing should have been my idea. A good government should not allow its citizens to use a bad browser, or really for that matter, bad products.

I can just see it now…

“By proclamation of the Oval Office, the U.S. Government hereby declares that its citizens shall not make use of the following: Internet Explorer, AOL, the font Comic Sans, Yahoo! as a search engine, Sherbet ice cream, and any TV show starring a Kardashian.”

My apologies to my friends who are avid IE users … but then again, you probably can’t see this webpage anyway.

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One thought on “A governmental ban on Internet Explorer

  1. Hahaha I love it. I think part of the reason it’s so bad is it comes pre-loaded on machines so they don’t need to make it good for people to use it. And that’s why government anti-trust suits (against Microsoft and others) are so important, to make sure consumers have choice. Which makes it extra odd that if you are filling out certain government forms online, you are REQUIRED to use Internet Explorer, otherwise you can’t fill them out!

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