Microsoft Embraces Standards For IE8

Legal ramifications of non-compliance a motivator

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Fear of possible “legal and regulatory” issues likely motivated Microsoft to enable three rendering modes for the next version of the Internet Explorer browser.

Microsoft’s rendering gyrations in its widely-used web browser gave web designers fits over the years. Pages needing special tweaks to overcome IE oddities like its handling of CSS meant designers had to practically design the same pages twice.

A nice round-up of standards compliance on HTML, CSS, DOM, and ECMAScript for IE, Firefox, and Opera may be found at Web Devout. We imagine web designers will look at the browser support comparison there and nod their heads in grim agreement.

A silver lining appeared in the cloud of Internet Explorer rendering with Microsoft’s announcement of better support for web standards.

“Microsoft is now configuring the settings in Internet Explorer 8, the upcoming version of its browser, to render content – by default – using methods that give top priority to Web standards interoperability,” they said.

Web designers may be stunned to read this quote from chief software architect Ray Ozzie: “Even in its first beta, IE8 correctly renders the popular test known as

Microsoft Embraces Standards For IE8
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  • http://www.greenwebdesign.com Jessica

    Finally!  I’m so glad to hear it.  I have to design for IE users as well, but for personal use, I won’t use anything but Firefox.  The existing versions of IE to this point have all been sadly lacking and lacking in truly effective security features.  I’m really looking forward to IE8.

  • Guest

    There is no need to but it is welcomed.  Most users use I.E anyway.  I don’t design for Firefox.  Waste of time.  I use Firefox for security.

  • http://rehcs.inmarket.biz/ ReHCS

    they should try to COMPLETELY cover html 4.1 standarts.

    when you can’t align 2 divs in a way the DTD says in a IE, but only in FF or Opera, you can become really insane.

  • Guest

    I’m sorry, I swear I saw a pig flying past my window a couple of seconds ago. My god, if IE8 is actually standards compliant I will rejoice with great enthusiasm. There is nothing worse than designing a perfectly positioned, padded, margined, aligned and workable web-page which works happily with all other browsers and then is stomped upon by the bane of the designers world. It’s about time I say!! :-D

  • http://dailypills.ifastnet.com/ DP

    Just wonder, why they doesn’t care about standarts in 7 version?


  • http://www.riversagency.com/professional-website-design.html website design chapel hill

    thank god they finally have some structure to their product.  It is becoming more difficult to make sure all 3 browsers have the same content on them when designing.

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