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user-inactivated  ·  1092 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Software Disenchantment

Web software is the way it is because every browser works a little differently and only very large organizations or very dedicated developers are willing to test thoroughly in all versions of all browsers users are likely to still be using. Everyone else either uses a library or says "IE? Here's a nickel." The libraries are bloated because they try to turn the tangled mess of standards and browsers that implement them badly into something simple enough to be worth bothering to do interesting things with, and that takes a lot of duct tape, bailing wire, chewing gum and plaster.