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I am not a fan of web design work, there I said it. From what I have been told I am very good at it, but it remains far from my pas­sion.

It isn’t that I can’t do the work, that is far from the truth. I just hate hav­ing to think in 27 dif­fer­ent direc­tions to cov­er every even­tu­al­i­ty of some­thing break­ing across 4 or more browsers. The num­ber of direc­tions increas­es expo­nen­tial­ly when I have to deal with Inter­net Explor­er. I know peo­ple still use it, but I can’t seem to fig­ure out why. Not when there are so many browsers for free that are vast­ly supe­ri­or. In fact, as far as I’m con­cerned, the only rea­sons to use IE is to take a brand new instal­la­tion of Win­dows to anoth­er site to down­load anoth­er brows­er.

My per­son­al hos­til­i­ties against this soft­ware aside, it makes my job much hard­er than it needs to be too. The clos­est approx­i­ma­tion I can give to some­one unfa­mil­iar with my work is this:

Cod­ing a beau­ti­ful web­site in IE is like try­ing to recre­ate Van Gogh only using only MS Paint.

Sure it looks nice, and it isn’t impos­si­ble, but it’s tak­en you the major­i­ty of your life to get there. This isn’t tak­ing into con­sid­er­a­tion all the new toys at my dis­pos­al with HTML5, CSS3, and they myr­i­ad of new JavaScript libraries that pop up every­day. As far as I can tell, those things are like the Krak­en to IE, myth­i­cal and scary.

Alright, enough com­plain­ing, I just have one favor to ask of any­one who reads this. Don’t use IE, think of your chil­dren and the world around you. It’s not worth it! Do this as a favor to any coder you know.

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