Ten Things That Look Wrong in Internet Explorer

The following problems are present in Internet Explorer version 7 (which is the latest stable version as of March 2, 2009) as well as in earlier versions. They are not present in other web browsers such as Mozilla Firefox, Opera, Safari, or Google Chrome. This is because Microsoft chose to program Internet Explorer in such a way that it breaks important rules of the web while other web browsers follow the rules as they should. As stated in my blog post, Internet Explorer breaks far, far more rules than just ten. The point of this page is to make it easy for the average person to see the problems. For a much more technical and exhaustive list of things wrong with Internet Explorer, see this page.

Click here to see what this page is supposed to look like

Click here to see what this page looks like in Internet Explorer version 7

Problem #1 and #2:

The following table should have thick black borders and its caption should be below the table:

This is the caption for the table.
Table heading 1 Table heading 2
Table cell 1 Table cell 2

Problem #3 and #4:

The following line should be green and it should not be centered:



Problem #5:

There should be no red line below this text.

There should be no red line above this text.


Problem #6:

This line of text should not have a red background.


Problem #7:

There should be a blank space below this box.

You should not be seeing this red box!


Problem #8:

This text should have a white background.


Problem #9:

This text should be at the very bottom of the box.


Problem #10:

This text should be on the left side of the box.