Tuesday, March 4th 2008

Microsoft: IE8 to Support Standards From the Start

Aiming to demonstrate that its commitment to interoperability Microsoft said Monday that it is shifting its plans for the next version of Internet Explorer to make the program more friendly to Web standards. The software maker said that a planned standards compatibility mode will now be the default rendering engine when IE8 makes its debut. Now IE will finally be able to render the Acid2 browser test correctly. "We think that acting in accordance with principles is important, and IE8's default is a demonstration of the interoperability principles in action," IE general manager Dean Hachamovitch said in a blog posting. With IE8, Microsoft plans to have three rendering modes: the new standards-compliant mode, the IE7 rendering engine, as well as an option for displaying older Web sites. Because of the default shift, Web sites that want IE8 to use its IE7 engine will have to add a tag to their site's code. Microsoft hasn't said when the final version will be out, but a beta version of the browser is due out in the first half of the year.Source: CNET News
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5 Comments on Microsoft: IE8 to Support Standards From the Start

Jelle Mees
Well, we have to thank Firefox and Opera for that. Without them, Microsoft wouldn't have gone to so much trouble to get it correct this time...
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Agreed. This is the most important, earth-shattering news for us web developers since, well, the birth of Jesus. I'm amazed that for once, M$ decided to do the right thing. :toast:
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Jelle Mees
I think that it's very good that they still keep the IE6 render-engine for websites that aren't coded corectly. Many companies like clantoolz.com and mygameclan.com are still working on correct code...
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Oooh, yey. Now if they create an interface that can be fully customised like Opera I may switch back.
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What standards? Web pages seem fine to me. In fact, when a page seems screwed up, it's because I'm using Firefox. Besides, 80% of the internet uses embedded Flash .swf files which violate W3's standards.
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