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microsoft bowing to pressure(first time for everything)

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8y, 8m agoPosted 8 years, 8 months ago
Microsoft have annoucned they will build IE 8 to be w3c standards compliant, the same as firefox. this is good news for web site developers as now more 2 different versions of their website... details below

Internet Explorer 8 public beta 1 was released March 5th 2008.

Microsoft has annonced that Internet Explorer 8 will interpret web pages according to strict W3C standards by default.

Previously, Microsoft announced that IE 8 would use the "IE7 standard" as default, and that interpreting web pages according to strict W3C standard would be a secondary option. This created strong reactions in the web developer community, as the "IE 7 standard" does not completely conform to W3C.

However, Microsoft have now reversed this decision, and it looks like Internet Explorer 8 will be truly standards-compliant.

IE 8 has full support for CSS 2.1. In addition, it fixes "many cross-browser inconsistencies such as get/set/removeAttribute, default attributes, Attribute object and the < Q > tag.

New features:
Activities provide quick access web services. Users can look up and send information from the Web. On a restaurant web site, for example, the user can click within the page to get maps, news, and information about the restaurant, blog about it, or share it on Facebook.

WebSlices is an RSS-like feature that allows users to subscribe to content directly within a page.
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8y, 8m agoPosted 8 years, 8 months ago

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they don't make £££ from IE, its free software, might be a £££ reason somewhere, or could it to do with the court cases of recent ?
Well I hope they fix a lot before release proper.

The beta I have is possibly the worst piece of **** ever. I would go as far to say IE6 works better.
My web builds validate fine and work beautifully in Netscape/Firefox/Safari et al, they even work great in IE7, but IE8? No, they are knacked in it.

If they can get it anywhere on the lines of Firefox, they will be doing just great.
thats why its called beta,. needs some tweaking but heading in right direction
mine are done in firefox and ie6 & 7 but i have to have 2 different pages grrrrrrrrr
As for IE5.*, if you don't support it hopefully people will update their browser.. I hope anyway.

I wouldn't, i'd just go to website that worked instead of the broken down pos that didn't. Self harm mate ;-)

That's what'll happen with IE8, all these dirty IE6 codings will throw up errors and trash the internet :lol:

Long live Firefox :w00t:
I don't think its even worthy of been Beta at this stage - at the moment (casting aside any additional functionality), rendering wise its actually a step backwards. If they can fix the major issues it has with rendering pages and it actually follows the W3 Spec, then yes, its heading in the right direction.

I don't test for IE5 either. Its about 8 years old (IRC) and pre XP. The majority of people will at least be probably running IE6 or greater, so it's not something I worry about too much. It's a bit lacking in JavaScript and CSS functionality, but it often doesn't cause too many issues with my builds.
If you know your target audience, you can probably be able to make a pretty safe assumption whether they are likely to have it or not.

As an aside to anyone who is reading who may not know, you can install multiple versions of IE on your PC for testing purposes. I use something called Multiple IE's:

That's what'll happen with IE8, all these dirty IE6 codings will throw up errors and trash the internet

It's CSS that will hurt IE8/IE6 more than anything else.

Anybody who has any nouce will have multiple stylesheets that are loaded depending on the browser... so if IE8 can do what they reckon it will, you will simply be able to load the Foxy stylesheet and have little, if any, issues. :thumbsup:

Same could be said about JS too, you likely already have IE/Firefox code, it will just be a case of loading the Firefox code when detecting IE8...

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