Improvements in Internet Explorer 8 Beta 2

I was just checking out the improvements the team has made in beta 2 of Internet Explorer 8. While I haven’t had time to mess with all of the improvements, I see lots of opportunities to create enhancements for my sites to allow visitors to get what they are looking for faster. Be sure to check out the full list of improvements at http://blogs.msdn.com/ie/archive/2008/08/28/part-i-better-everyday-browsing.aspx. You can download IE8 Beta 2 at http://www.microsoft.com/ie8.

Clearspring Widgets Don’t Work on 64-Bit Platform

Unless you are using IE 32-bit, don’t expect the Clearspring widgets to work. Clearspring is one of the leaders in building widgets for social networks and Vista. The reason their widgets do not work is because Flash is not yet supported on 64-bit platforms. By default, the Vista Sidebar on a 64-bit system displays widgets by using IE 64-bit. An example of a Clearspring widget in the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics widget from NBCOlympics.com.

Force Your Web Site To Be IE7 Compatible

Microsoft recognizes that it will be difficult to have all sites use the latest HTML and CSS specs that are found in IE8. To accommodate the web sites that cannot be converted at this time, they’ve created a work around. There are two options: a) you can modify the config in IIS 7 or b) you can add a new meta tag to your page headers. More information about this can be found by visiting http://support.microsoft.com/kb/952030.

How To: Properly Reference A JavaScript File

Wow. After 2 hours of pain and suffering, I ran into my own daily WTF. I had some script contained within a .js file in my web. Like many times before, I created a reference to the script in the header. However, the script would only work in the Internet Explorer family and not in Firefox. After some aggrevation (and my Starbuck’s Pike Place Roast kicking in) I realized that the MIME type was set to text/jscript instead of text/javascript. I wish we can modify IntelliSense locally to get items added/removed as needed.

Internet Explorer 8 Beta 1 – Websites that are Broken

IE8 Beta 1 now forces CSS 2.1 along with other web standards (includes some early HTML 5 stuff too!). I’m creating a list of websites that seem to be broken by the browser. Feel free to leave a comment if you come across other sites. Here’s what I found so far (notice that only part of the site may be broken and not necessarily all of the site): http://dell.com (missing menu bar at the top and bottom) http://cnn.com (textbox at the bottom on the page) http://nbc.com (content layout) http://yahoo.com (search bar) http://asp.net (content layout) http://gm.com (where’s the content?) http://officemax.com (missing … Continue reading Internet Explorer 8 Beta 1 – Websites that are Broken