Internet Explorer 8 Released

Microsoft will be releasing IE8 today.

REDMOND, Wash. — March 18, 2009 — Today Microsoft Corp. announced the availability of Windows Internet Explorer 8, the new Web browser that offers the best solution for how people use the Web today. It can be downloaded in 25 languages at starting at noon EDT on March 19.

Microsoft Press Release

For those of you who were waiting for 8, yesterday was the last day of supporting IE6. In a few minutes, you’ll be able to download IE8, though until then they’re still serving the beta.

New Focus

John of New Focus says:

Agreed the web development world has already put enough effort into this. I’m not doing anything deliberately to break IE 6 but from now on my changes will be tested for standards compliance and in current version browsers. No more specific IE 6 testing for me. –John Patrick

Félicien’s Die IE Script

Félicien says:

I have created a PHP script that pushes users to switch to a relevant browser. It works as follows: A user triggers her browser to ask for your page (across the Web). The page is different depending on the user agent. A message only shows on the web page only if the client uses a “bad” browser. The message can be anything. By default it proposes to switch to Firefox.

The script is free to be re-used. –Félicien Breton

SVG Graphics

stelt of says:

As IE doesn’t support SVG natively and all other browsers do, i like your initiative. –stelt

Not sure what SVG is? Wikipedia to the rescue!

Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) is a family of specifications of XML-based file format for describing two-dimensional vector graphics, both static and dynamic (interactive or animated).

The SVG specification is an open standard that has been under development by the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) since 1999. SVG images and their behaviours are defined in XML text files. This means that they can be searched, indexed, scripted and, if required, compressed. –Wikipedia

You can read what the W3C says about SVG.

Coincidentally, SVG was initially released a month after IE6, so I posted this to both categories.


txtr says:

Actually, we thought about IE 6 once or twice while developing – and quickly decided, that creating a rich ajax-application for IE6 is like squaring the circle. Not to speak of all the transparent pngs…
So we’re now kindly asking our users to get a /decent/ browser.

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