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Can\'t Microsoft get anything right?

TechnologyI\'m a curler. I can hear the collective “big deal” from the lot of you, followed by what the heck does that have to do with the title of this post. Well as a curler, I belong to a club (the Oakridge Curling Club) and I host and maintain their website here at planet evil. Further, if you know me, you also know that my systems here run various versions of Linux and that includes the server that runs this blog as well as the curling website. So what does Microsoft have to do with all this? Well, simply put, I maintain the curling site with a program called Quanta Plus, and then check the site with either Mozilla, Netscape or Konqueror, all Linux browsers. All these interpret the colour “lightgray” as that, light gray. I even had a friend of mine who has a Mac and uses Safari to surf the web check, and lo and behold, it also shows it as light gray.

Microsoft\'s Internet Explorer on the other hand shows the colour as dark blue. I\'m assuming that this is a bug and not some weird attempt by Bill Gates to re-define the electro-magnetic spectrum. So I\'ve changed it on the page from the easy to read “lightgray” to the less easy “#CACACA” which is the hex triplet of a similar colour. I await the response from the club\'s IE users to see if that works.

What gets me is, with software that buggy, why are they still such a dominant force in the industry? Yes I know why, they cheat and abuse a monopoly position. It just drives me nuts though.
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Can't Microsoft get anything right?
Authored by: Anonymous onMonday, February 28 2005 @ 02:06 MST
You misunderstand - Microsoft never gets things wrong - they always "embrace and extend" standards. Apparently, they have decided to "embrace and extend" colour rendering in IE with a new policy that randomly picks Dark Blue as a default when IE encounters an X11-style colour name.

(I'd put good odds that behaviour changes from IE 5 to IE 6, just for giggles.)