I started doing a lot of developing when HTML 4.01 was popular. Back then Internet Explorer seemed to definitely go rogue when it came to trying to standardize web development. I believe Microsoft was trying to compete with the likes of Netscape, the new Mozilla Firefox and eventually Google Chrome. I don’t know their ideas behind it, but they never wanted to agree with the standardization put in place that the other browsers were willing to conform to.
Since those days I did a lot of other stuff unrelated to web development and just recently got back into it. It appears that Internet Explorer’s later versions started conforming and thus nowadays I see where you may not understand why developers are still bitter about IE. I believe the people critical of it now probably still have a beef with them because of the past.
And now that IE is technically no longer going to be supported in the future and Edge has taken over as Microsoft’s flagship browser, maybe this stigma will go away. I’d be willing to bet they switched to a new name for their browser to remove this ideology.
I’d be interested in hearing what others think about it that did continue development from the early 2000s to today to see what other things might have happened during my absence that makes them still have an issue with IE. Maybe it’s from the past, or maybe there was other things that occurred recently that would have created the hatred.
Just my 2 cents anyway…