Will Internet Explorer 8 Be Decent? I Hope So!

IE has been one of the worst browsers insofar as adhering to Internet standards. Try, it doesn’t at all! Microsoft has had the attitude, “Dewd, we MAKE the standards, suck it up!” But now they MAY be getting in line… I sure hope so! Designing web sites and having to “allow” for IE is getting old!

Microsoft’s IE architect: IE8 is what we’ve been building up to

BetaNews: “FROM MIX 08 – For Internet Explorer platform architect Chris Wilson, IE8 is more than just a new version. It’s the realization of an effort that began with IE7 to build the best Web browser for both developers and consumers. ‘IE7 was the start to IE8,’ Wilson told BetaNews this afternoon in Las Vegas. It’s not a secret that Microsoft largely abandoned its browser after IE6 and rebuilt the development team from scratch for IE7. Although it brought a number of much-needed improvements, version 7 was only a stepping stone for the company on the road to IE8. According to Wilson, IE8 will deliver everything that Microsoft has wanted to do from the beginning, and in turn finally get Internet Explorer back to the same level as its competitors in terms of features, performance and standards support. That’s not going to be an easy job, but the company says it remains committed to the task. ‘We have to rebuild our credibility on the Web,’ Tim O’Brien, director of the Platform Strategy Group at Microsoft, acknowledged to BetaNews. A key component of this is reaching out to the Internet community and listening to feedback — much of which revolves around the pain developers experience when trying to make their Web sites and applications compatible with IE. To that end, Microsoft has introduced a minor but far-reaching change in the way IE8 will render sites, adhering to stricter Web standards than IE7, which vastly improved upon IE6 but still had quirks in its standards implementation. The goal is to deliver full CSS 2.1 support in the final release of IE8, Microsoft has said. While it seems a logical shift, especially when considering that Microsoft wants its own online services to work for the growing number of Firefox and Safari users, the move is an about-face from a decision in January in which Wilson explained IE8’s standards mode would require a special HTML tag to activate. Microsoft was worried about breaking existing sites designed for IE7’s standards mode.”

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