So the IE 8 Beta 1 for developers has been out for a bit now and there's some interesting tidbits to be found by playing with it. Some of the biggest news was the switch to a standards-mode by default. You might start checking out your sites in IE 8 just to see what's going on, but I wouldn't put much time and effort into fixing much of anything as it is a developer beta, and there are liable to be a bunch of fixes coming later.
The IE 8 meta tag will help, but you have to do it just right to get it to work...
So, Microsoft released IE 8 “beta 1 for developers” yesterday. You can get the IE8 beta by downloading it from their site of course. You can also read a ton of information at their readiness site.
There are great introductions there, but you get the most detail out of the whitepapers on IE8.
But, what kind of guy would I be if I made you read all that stuff? Instead, I stayed up late last night …
So in a reversal to it’s previous stance, unbelievably Microsoft has announced, just in time for MIX08, that Internet Explorer 8 will render Web pages using it’s enhanced Web Standards mode.
What? So this is really making waves. Microsoft announces an HTML extension which will enable a new standards layout mode in IE8. Oh, you can also do it at the server side since it’s an http-equivalent meta tag.
A new layout mode, huh? That was my initial reaction. “Huh”. I don’t know what that means. And I think anyone who claims to know immediately is full of it. I rant and rave about the new questions this raises.
I hate HTML email. I guess it’s one of the those religious subjects for some people, but Outlook 2007 it appears will revert back to Word and drop IE for rendering it’s HTML email. Some linkage for you.
Molly Holzschlag contracts with Microsoft to help them clean up their act. Hmmm…