Last 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.