User-side wisdom

A page wouldn’t render correctly in Internet Explorer 11. I proposed three workarounds:

  • a proxy server to forward requests
  • use a Microsoft-supplied virtual machines (VM)
  • uninstall IE11 and install IE10 or older

The first solution would have required web scripting and another application. The second would have consumed bandwidth, once to grab 2 GB or so for the images, and across the network per user. The third required digging into Control Panel, which was straightforward but left the user with a dilapidated browser.

The best approach was to use Compatibility Mode, built into IE11. I didn’t know because I didn’t have it, and I rarely visited those pages. This is an example of jumping to novel ideas instead of trying the most practical thing first.