moderated Re: am I losing my mind or is we coding really that different by browser?
The only broad insight I can offer is that Internet Explorer has not been being maintained, beyond security updates, for a very long time now. It has not been keeping up with web coding changes, and there have been very many, since it went into what I call "walking dead" stage. What you get when using IE can, in many instances, be significantly different than what you get in any currently maintained browser, and there are occasions where what you get may be "easier to use" and others where it's an absolute mess. You really should not be using IE, ever, when security is important, e.g., online banking. Here I'll insert my usual list of articles on why you should dump IE, immediately if not sooner, a number written by experts on IE:
The perils of using Internet Explorer as your default browser ... (March 2019 – straight from the proverbial horse’s mouth)
12 reasons not to use Internet Explorer, ever | Computerworld (June 2011 – Even more valid now)
And if you web search on “Why you should not use Internet Explorer” the list of returned results is long, and virtually unanimous in the expert (and non-expert) opinion that you should not.
Brian - Windows 10 Pro, 64-Bit, Version 2004, Build 19041
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