A List Apart advocating a return to Browser Sniffing?
From the latest A List Apart article by Aaron Gustafson; Beyond DOCTYPE: Web Standards, Forward Compatibility, and IE8.
Microsoft reached out to The Web Standards Project (of which I am a member) and to several other standards-aware developers, and asked for our help in coming up with a better method of allowing developers to â€œopt inâ€ to proper standards support.
Uhm, why would we be opting in? Shouldn’t we be developing to the proper standards regardless of what inaccuracies certain browsers (I’m looking at you IE) bring to the table?
There are pages and pages of comments both for and against this proposed method of “version targeting” but I personally don’t see it being any more different or trouble free than browser sniffing has been in the past! Bad idea.
Update: The latter parts of Jeremy Keith’s article on this topic sum up my thoughts exactly, he does a great job at putting the slightly confusing situation into plain english:
Unless you explicitly declare that you want IE8 to behave as IE8, it will behave as IE7. Thatâ€™s madness!