November 8, 2021
Back in around 2004, I published Dougal - a “mail-washing program for the POP3 mail protocol” written in Perl 5.
At the time, I added a small icon to the bottom of the page, linking to the Viewable With Any Browser campaign:
Back in 2004, much of the Web really only worked properly in Internet Explorer, which in turn ran only on Microsoft Windows. The Any Browser campaign was a response to this: a grass-roots attempt to undermine the Microsoft monopoly in browser technology (as strange as that very concept sounds today).
Seventeen years later, we’re heading rapidly back into a browser monoculture, except this time, in the hands of a company far more powerful than Microsoft was even in its heyday.
So I thought it was time to bring back the Any Browser icon in the footer of this site. It sits alongside the “100% Mothra Compatible” button, which dates back a few months to my effort to make this site navigable on Plan 9.