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IE8 to play nice with web standards

in a blog update by the Internet Explorer 8 dev team, it has been stated that the microsoft standards “set” in IE7 will be abandoned in favor of more widely outside-MS standards set by those at w3 and the webstandards group.

In light of the Interoperability Principles, as well as feedback from the community, we’re choosing differently. Now, IE8 will show pages requesting “Standards” mode in IE8’s Standards mode. Developers who want their pages shown using IE8’s “IE7 Standards mode” will need to request that explicitly…

I’d love to say the days of multi-browser testing are numbered (fellow web develrs rejoice) but somehow I doubt it. this seems more like a move with hopes that its effects will to curb alternative browser adoption momentum by getting on the bandwagon that so many are loving.

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  1. Surprising, considering how many standardistas were rationalizing and lobbying for IE8’s default version targeting that would prioritize old Microsoft technology. Somehow they got a big part of the mindshare to be satisfied with the bad option and then flipped the script, looking like heroes. This was the first time the barrage of rhetoric from Zeldman and co. didn’t convince me and I’m glad it’s a now a moot issue anyways.

    Posted on 05-Mar-08 at 1:55 pm | Permalink

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