RE: IE 7 and .chms

Subject: RE: IE 7 and .chms
From: "Combs, Richard" <richard -dot- combs -at- Polycom -dot- com>
To: <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Fri, 17 Feb 2006 11:29:03 -0700

"A" <aurora -at- identicloak -dot- com> wrote:

> Just personally and speaking for no-one but myself and meaning no
> offense to anyone or anything, I think you'd do your customers a great
> service by doing precisely that -- telling them that they can't use IE
> 7.
> Again, nothing negative from me -- I'd look at it as a huge
> opportunity to recommend a safer, more standards-compliant browser.
> How long can you afford to wait for Microsoft to get it right?

Well, "A," since IE7 has only been out in beta for a short time, I have
to wonder how much testing you've done of its stability and security. I
haven't used it myself, but from what I've read by reasonably objective
testers, it's much more secure and standards-compliant than previous
versions of IE.

And since you apparently don't understand this (are you a Windows user
at all?), a .chm file is a proprietary binary-format Windows help file.
The question isn't whether to use IE or Firefox, it's _which_versions_
of IE. You have to use IE to open .chm files. (I vaguely recall someone
producing a utility that basically decompiles .chm files into HTML
files, but...)

BTW, sprinkling phrases such as "meaning no offense" and "nothing
negative from me" throughout your screed doesn't actually make that the


Richard G. Combs
Senior Technical Writer
Polycom, Inc.
richardDOTcombs AT polycomDOTcom
rgcombs AT gmailDOTcom


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