[HCS-D]firefox followup

myke cuthbert cuthbert at fas.harvard.edu
Tue Dec 14 16:12:21 EST 2004

This is exactly the case with Firefox at the place I do computer
consulting (the National Bureau of Economic Research): the other IT
people and even the administration are itching to switch, but because
we (I) wrote code that works best for IE for administration tasks back
when there wasn't a standards-compliant alternative and because there
are still quite a number of IE extensions which do not have
equivalents in Firefox (designMode != contentEditable) we see it more
as a trade-off rather than a clear win to switch to Firefox.

wow does it render complex pages faster though.

you'd almost like Firefox to render IE specific pages by converting
them to standards-compliant code and then automatically emailing the
new code to the administrators.

Best, Myke

gline at fas.harvard.edu [ Dec 14 ]:
> Someone (I forget who... Yves, maybe?) raised an interesting point at
> office hours last night after you left: one problem is that certain fas
> services are not written in standards-compliant code (the payroll
> system, in particular) and only work in Internet Explorer. We might find
> ourselves hard pressed to convince them to issue an endorsement that
> will break some of the tools they've written.
> I'll get the full text of the article - that's the chronicle of higher
> education, right?
> --Matt
> On Tue, Dec 14, 2004 at 03:31:00PM -0500, Ivan Krstic wrote:
> > Regarding trying to convince FASCS to put out an announcement urging 
> > people to use Firefox, I suspect the following article might be a strong 
> > point in our argument:
> > 
> > [http://] chronicle.com/weekly/v51/i17/17a00101.htm
> > 
> > The link is broken intentionally, since it requires a subscription, 
> > which I don't have. But here's the headline:
> > 
> > 'More than half of colleges are spending a greater portion of their 
> > information-technology budgets this year to protect their computer 
> > networks from intrusions, a survey has found. (The Chronicle of Higher 
> > Education)'
> > 
> > We could probably give a case for why it's in the best interest of FASCS 
> > to get more people using Firefox. Now, can anyone get there hands on the 
> > full text of that article?
> > 
> > Ivan
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