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Risks of installing Internet Explorer 4.0 (frwd)
Mind if I throw a log on the fire? This forwarded message appeared in:
Risks-Forum Digest Friday 17 October 1997 Volume 19 : Issue 41
>Date: Fri, 10 Oct 1997 21:41:18 -0700 (PDT)
>From: "Bryan O'Sullivan" <email@example.com>
>Subject: Risks of installing Internet Explorer 4.0
>I just downloaded and installed Microsoft Internet Exploder 4.0 onto my PC
>running Windows 95 at home. Among the optional features that come with this
>release are a few tidbits that were included with Plus!, the mostly-useless
>set of bells and whistles that was packaged separately from Windows 95.
>Two of these features are opaque window manipulation (when you move or
>resize a window, the entire window moves in real time, rather than a
>rubberband representation being tweaked) and anti-aliasing of large fonts.
>The anti-aliasing feature is quite useful; it makes fonts in large point
>sizes noticeably less pixelated. However, in this feature lies a small, and
>somewhat malicious, piece of code.
>This snippet of code apparently checks to see whether it is being asked to
>render a font by the Netscape Navigator browser (or, indeed, any component
>of the Communicator 4.x suite). If it is, it gives back a plain old
>jagged-edged font; otherwise, in every instance I have been able to check,
>it gives back an anti-aliased font.
>This appears to be a clear instance of discriminatory coding on the part of
>Microsoft, and is intended, one presumes, to make Navigator look somewhat
>cruddy in comparison with MSIE (not to mention all of the other software on
>a system). It begs a troubling question: what other features were included
>in MSIE 4.0 that were intended to, in some sense, impede the software of