Internet Explorer 8 Beta 1 released!

Microsoft have just released Internet Explorer 8 Beta 1! You can download it from here.

Seems solid so far, you can tell it to Emulate IE7 if you need a website that won't work correctly in IE8 at the moment. As IE8 will now be using standards mode by default it'll probably effect a great many websites (even the back end of the blogs here doesn't work properly in standards mode IE8), so they'll need to be updated, or use the following to tell IE8 to render in IE7 mode:

meta http-equiv="X-UA-Compatible" content="IE=7" /

Which must be placed at the top of the head of the document.

A few new features too, one I'm looking into is WebSlices, which are sort of like RSS Feeds, I'll see if I can put together something on the forums that will make use of them.

I'll probably be posting up more thoughts over the next few days, I'd recommend everybody who toys with any web development to start using this ASAP and updating their websites so by the time it goes final the whole world won't break from IE behaving in a more standards-compliant way.

5 comments

Comment from: Arceihn [Visitor]
Arceihn

So... how is the standards support actually looking? IE7 was an improvement, but it still has a long way to go.

7th March 2008 @ 09:06
Comment from: [Member]
Paul

Well it renders the Acid2 test properly (which Firefox 2 can't do).

7th March 2008 @ 13:43
Comment from: Nick [Visitor]
Nick

IE8 borks all my sites, including my admin panel. Most of it is CSS fixes that I can adjust and get working in a more standards compliant way. No big deal.

But the thing that worries me is that most of my javascript doesn't work in IE8. And I use jQuery for all my js functions. So there's nothing I can really do on that end, except wait for the jQuery team to release a new version.

7th March 2008 @ 16:53
Comment from: [Member]
Paul

Make sure you're not feeding it your IE6/7 hacks. Give it the same CSS as Firefox and friends and it should be OK.

7th March 2008 @ 17:19
Comment from: Arceihn [Visitor]
Arceihn

Well, so does Firefox 3. But that doesn't really answer my question, since Acid2 isn't meant to test standards compliance so much as page rendering.

8th March 2008 @ 18:38


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