Opera differ with Microsoft over browser icons in Windows EU ballot proposal

Microsoft’s browser "ballot" proposal for Windows in Europe, raised another controversy; “Microsoft proposal says the ballot screen will "in a horizontal line and in an unbiased way display icons of and basic identifying information on the web browsers." Microsoft submitted the screenshot as a proposed implementation of the ballot concept. But Opera's Hakon Wium Lie, suggested that displaying logos or […]

Microsoft’s browser "ballot" proposal for Windows in Europe, raised another controversy; “Microsoft proposal says the ballot screen will "in a horizontal line and in an unbiased way display icons of and basic identifying information on the web browsers." Microsoft submitted the screenshot as a proposed implementation of the ballot concept. But Opera's Hakon Wium Lie, suggested that displaying logos or icons could result in a natural bias toward Internet Explorer. The theory: The inclusion of Internet Explorer in Windows has made the Microsoft browser so ubiquitous that people see the IE logo as a generic icon for accessing the Internet. "We're not sure about the use of logos," Lie said. "The blue 'e' has become so associated with the Internet in general, due to the bundling with Windows. We think using the blue "e" might not be such a good idea." Overall, however, Lie said last week that Opera was pleased with the proposal.”