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Windows Internet Explorer 8 for Web Developers

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Yes, we all know that Internet Explorer has given us many troubles. We have spent most of our development time for designing the website just to show properly in Internet Explorer. Let see if our lives will be easier when working with IE8.

Windows Internet Explorer 8 Readiness Toolkit, the first place to look when you’re ready to optimize web sites and applications for Internet Explorer 8. It describes the new features that developers can exploit to make Internet Explorer 8 ‘light up’. These features include Activities, WebSlices, improvements in CSS support, innovations in AJAX functionality, improvements in DOM L2 Core support, and integrated Developer Tools. Here are the following main improvements of Internet Explorer 8.

  • Activities are contextual menu options which quickly access a service from any Web page.
  • WebSlices is a new feature for websites to connect to their users by subscribing to content directly within a webpage. WebSlices behave just like feeds where clients can subscribe to get updates and notify the user of changes.
  • While one of Internet Explorer 8’s main goals is CSS 2.1 compliance, it is also forward looking towards CSS3. CSS3 is the next step in the evolution of Cascading Style Sheets, and unlike CSS 2.1 which consists of one single document, the CSS3 specification is broken down into different modules in order to increase the speed of converging on clear specifications and implementations of different features.
  • Internet Explorer 8 includes tools that Web developers need to efficiently debug their sites directly in Internet Explorer. Developers can immediately debug a site’s HTML, CSS, and JScript from within Internet Explorer 8, rather than switch between Internet Explorer and a separate development environment.
  • Internet Explorer 8 provides a simplified yet powerful programming model for AJAX development that spans browser, webpage, and server interaction. As a result, it is easier for you to build webpages that have much better end-user experiences, are more functional, and have better performance.
  • During Internet Explorer 6’s long tenure as the leading market-share holder, Web developers revealed many bugs and inconsistencies in Internet Explorer’s DOM. Today, with the Internet Explorer 8 versioning plan, these bugs and inconsistencies are corrected by default, and those customers who choose to opt out of this behavior may enable IE7 compatibility mode.

Source: Internet Explorer 8 Readiness Toolkit

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  • Brian Lang

    I downloaded IE 8 beta yesterday afternoon, and almost immediately noticed that it was not displaying list-style-image at all in IE 8 mode. Worked fine in every other web browser and in IE 5-7. Just not in IE 8. It’s a beta though, and I’ve reported the problem to Microsoft. The rest of the site I tested with works fine.

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  • Oh.. my god. This browser sucks ass! Every single website I load has something wrong with it. Uhg.

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  • Dear XGhozt,
    maybe it’s not the browser that sux, but the websites you visited. How did they look in another webstandard browser?

  • Well done Microsoft PR department. Well done WebAppers Editorial. Well done..

  • cam

    just dont use it. at all.
    it messed my computer up which i only got yesterday, and had to restore it to factory settings again,
    it changes everything and nothing would open because of it, even troubleshooter!
    just dont use it unless you really no what to do -)

  • Jim

    As A web developer who is heavily involved with client side javascript programming and AJAX interface design, I am very freightened as I watch Microsoft so heavliy push this Beta of IE8. If this trash receives public exceptance without being cleaned up, it could cost BILLIONS in web re-architecture across the industry. Please Microsoft, stick to w3c standards and Quit Trying to give us new features until you can implement the necessities proplerly!

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