My letter to a very hated, now retired web browser.
Dear Internet Explorer, I heard that you’ve been finally retired. I’m writing this letter, for you are a very special part of my past, for I began to use and explore the wonderful and sometimes terrible world of internet through you.
You have an impressive run, lasting for 27 years, which is a remarkable thing, given how quickly software comes and goes. During your own run, many impressive software has come and gone by, unable to last as long as you did.
You faced it all: hate, controversy, bad versions, security flaws, and yet you continued to work as long as you could.
While it is true, your way of doing things made the life of web developers difficult to say the least, I will always remember you for how accessible you were. you’ve been increasingly withdrawn from the browser world, so let me tell you what has happened.
Chrome has expanded its empire, like an unrestrained player without a competition on a Go board. Firefox is barely holding on, and seems it will sell out any day. Apple is a kingdom on its own, uncaring of what happens outside of its territory, while any browser claims to be different than Chrome is actually running the same thing under the hood.
Accessibility has gotten harder; it has gone beyond unlabeled buttons. The UI frameworks, and the poor understanding of it by front end guys doesn’t help any. Unlike when I used you, things don’t work out of the box as they used to do. What’s more, companies are also not interested in fixing these problems, the problems which they themselves caused. Why would they? Ninety percent of their userbase is happy with the things as they are. And don’t get me started on touchscreen.
It was a fine time when I used you, but due to the mismanagement of you in your last years, I had to leave you and use other browsers. Sadly, no contender has presented itself so far, which would be just as accessible as you. once Chrome and Chrome based browsers rule the world, we won’t have anyone to listen to our complains, not that anyone listens to users like us anymore. they might give lip service, but we all know it is just lip service, empty words.
Wish you a happy retirement,
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