"mechanic" <***@example.net> wrote
| Strange that the page referred to refuses to load in MS-Edge
| claiming that the browser doesn't follow rules. In fact Edge renders
| the Acid3 test perfectly and scores well on the html5test.com page
| too. About time people recognised Edge as the default MSFT Windows
| browser, and a perfectly competent one too.
Sorry. But the page also explains that you can use
*any* other browser, of just about any age, including
IE 5-10. Or IE11 if you set compatibility mode for jsware.
(In that case, IE11 will render as IE7 and will even spoof
the userAgent to look like IE7.)
Since you're using Win10 you also have IE11 pre-installed,
so you don't even need to install a new browser to
render my website.
My error page also explains the problem. But for those
who don't know.....
Historically, Microsoft have made a browser that's not
only incompatible with standards but is also incompatible
with all other versions of itself.
In order to support as widely as possible, with simple,
script-free, lightweight webpages, I created 2 sets of
webpages. One is for IE "quirks mode", which means I
code the page in such a way that all versions of IE will
render it the same way. The other set of pages works
dependably in all other browsers, as far as I know.
(I don't test Safari but have tested WebKit.) And if
you use any non-MS browser then you don't need to
enable script. I only use script to deal with IE problems
in connection with CSS.
So I've already created a duplicate website
just to work with Microsoft's ongoing mess.
Then MS broke everything with IE11/Edge. All of the
functionality that was always part of IE was blocked
in IE11 and removed from Edge! That's why my page
explains that you can set an exception for jsware in
IE11 but that Edge simply won't and can't work. It's
IE with IE stripped out.
There's also another big problem with Edge: It's
not really browser software. Like Safari, it can't be
installed. It's only available by buying a device.
Should I buy a Windows 10 computer and possibly
write a 3rd set of webpages for Edge? Maybe I should
also buy a Mac so I can test Safari? Will Edge handle
the webpages I wrote to work in all non-IE browsers?
I don't know. And it would cost me both time and
money to find out. And actually, very few people are
using Edge. Despite the fact that my site is Windows-
related, few visitors are using Edge. Of those that
do, most come back so fast with Firefox that it's
clear they're using both browsers. So why should I
waste my time?
If I were Amazon and were busy vacuuming cash
from your wallet I might do that. But almost everything
on my site is free. No one is paying me to adapt to
niche products like Edge. And I don't see a reason to.
There are a number of other browsers that are free
and, unlike Edge, are real software that will run on
all Windows versions. And my clean, lean, pages
will load almost instantly in any of them. No ads,
no script muck, no funny business, no Flash, no
autoplay videos. No messages like Google will show
you, saying, "Sorry, buddy, but your browser seems
to be more than 6 months old. Please fix that so you
can see our latest HTML5 razzmatazz."
If you like Edge and find it works well then that's
your choice. But it sounds like you're not finding
that it works well. If it doesn't render sites as well
as Firefox then that's Microsoft's fault. You can keep
using it and complaining, or you can get a browser
that works. I don't have any sympathy and I have no
intention of supporting Edge.
If they make a real browser that installs on Win7 I'll
test my site with it and see if it will work. But at this
point I haven't even been able to get IE11 to install
on my main Win7 computer. That's pretty bad, when
your own software won't work on your own OS.
Paul has suggested in the past that I could download
test versions of IE for free to test my pages. But those
are not actually test versions of IE. They're fullscale
Windows ISOs, each providing the ability to test pages
in one version of IE and useless for any other purpose!
Should I wrangle those monstrosities so that you won't
have to lift your finger and click the IE icon in order to
get something for free? ...Fat chance. :)