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Browser Versions Are Dead

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The browser version is a dead concept. You must stop caring about the browser version, its update cycle, and even (to some extent), its intrinsic capabilities.

Every single person who’s ever worked in web development has, more or less, been fed a lie. It’s a lie that’s so insidious that it’s actually mutated the way our web development industry works from the inside out. It’s made us worse as an industry. It’s cost untold billions of dollars in lost time.

What is that lie? “The browser version matters, because that’s how we know what it can and can’t do.” Or, put another way, “The browser version matters, because we have to know how to hack it so that it looks the same as every other browser.” The browser version is dead. Hacking around browser short-falls is dead. Compensating for non-compliance to standards is dead. UA sniffing is dead. Quit wasting your time!

Let’s start retraining decision makers (customers, bosses, etc) about how the web and browsers really work.

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Kyle Simpson


Kyle Simpson is a JavaScript Systems Architect from Austin, TX. He focuses on JavaScript, HTML5, web performance optimization, and “middle-end” application architecture. If something can’t be done in JavaScript or web stack technology, he’s probably bored by it. Kyle runs several open-source projects, writes books, and speaks at meetups and tech conferences. He also helps drive the local startup/enterpreneurial community through events, coworking activities, etc.

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Kyle Simpson
05/30/2013 3:02am PDT

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