Internet Explorer 8 Beta 1 released

Oh dear. It seems to me that as quickly as Microsoft release one version of their internet browser without properly making sure that all HTML and CSS will display consistently, they go ahead and release another version (albeit in beta).

Interestingly though, this new release of IE seems to have a couple of snippets of good news for web developers.

The first is being the in-built HTML, CSS and Javascript debugger. Similar to a Firefox extension called HTML Validator that White October use to debug markup, the Internet Explorer 8 program will have a visual-environment-based Developer toolbar for this purpose. The only thing that concerns me with this is that, stereotypically, visitors who use Internet Explorer aren’t always technically-minded so may end up clicking on something when they don’t know what they’re doing; the result of this will be that the user may feel like they’ve got themselves into deep doo-doo. Possibly.

This next point will be a huge relief for web developers but will raise curiosity levels for the cynics like me, so here goes. Microsoft boasts that “many cross-browser inconsistencies will be fixed’. This will hopefully free up so much time which developers spend checking their sites are cross-browser compatible and allow for one design to show on either (IE or Firefox) browsers. My cynical questions however, are, how many inconsistencies will be fixed and will they be fixed properly?

One last thing about IE8, completely unrelated to web development: it’s based on the new-look Office 2007 ‘ribbon’ interface. Yay.


  1. Posted 2 April 2008 at 12:14 pm | Permalink

    Another cool feature is the ie7 mode, so you can switch ie8 to render pages like ie7.

  2. James Turnbull
    Posted 2 April 2008 at 4:03 pm | Permalink

    New for woblog: correct usage of “it’s”!

    Can you switch on full feed RSS please? Summaries are evil. Thankingyou.

  3. Dan
    Posted 3 April 2008 at 8:53 am | Permalink

    James, we’ll do anything for our number one reader. I’ve set the feed to full.

  4. James
    Posted 4 April 2008 at 11:05 am | Permalink

    Cheers, much better.

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