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IE8 RC1 has been available to general public since Monday

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IE8 RC1 has been available to general public since Monday.

 

It's cured four problems I had:-

 

CSS non-javascript drop down menus now work smoothly without the mouse losing contact when moving from the top level to the drop down part.

 

Clamshell menu works better too.

 

I had a problem with a form that was supposed to return a viewer to the form input again after an error in inputting (say an empty box or a number outside the limits allowed) after he used the back button but IE8 beta 2 didn't do anything on the first click but went back to a previous page on a second click of the back button, but RC1 is OK.

 

IE scrollbar colors now work.

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IE scrollbar colors now work.

Oh!! Goodie!!! That is the only Browser that allows scrollbar colouring. Ugg!

From a user's perspective, I don't mind styled scrollbars within the HTML content. What I don't like is when it messes with my browser's default scrollbar.

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Why did you not email with this announcement 5 min after it went live... what do I pay you for? :P

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Why did you not email with this announcement 5 min after it went live... what do I pay you for? :P

 

I sent in a comment today about my form's IE8 beta 2 back button problem to the IE8 Microsoft feedback site and someone said that it didn't cause a problem with RC1.

 

I knew that RC1 had been issued to special testers so I assumed he must be one of them. He didn't tell me to install RC1 but luckily I googled and found out that it was available.

 

In fact when I turned on my Vista PC to download it, RC1 was available in the Updates (I still use an old XP PC most of the time.)

 

Another problem solved is anchors which didn't work like this:-

but only with something inside, even just a . period:-

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I read that with IE8, there is the capability to view pages as if you were in IE7 or IE6. Does anyone know anything about this? Is it true? If so, is it an accurate representation of those versions?

 

Sounds pretty great if so. Less computers to bounce around to for testing.

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I read that with IE8, there is the capability to view pages as if you were in IE7 or IE6. Does anyone know anything about this? Is it true? If so, is it an accurate representation of those versions?

 

Sounds pretty great if so. Less computers to bounce around to for testing.

 

here's an article I wrote a while ago

http://www.killersites.com/magazine/2008/here-comes-internet-explorer-8/

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Thanks for your time on that shelfimage. Good read. Looks like they didn't do it for ie6. Stinks, that's the one that eats up most of my time. Hopefully 8 will further hasten the demise of 6.

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Thanks for your time on that shelfimage. Good read. Looks like they didn't do it for ie6. Stinks, that's the one that eats up most of my time. Hopefully 8 will further hasten the demise of 6.

 

If you mean why didn't they build in an emulate IE7 into IE6 that that's clearly impossible and a joke by you, but I'm sure I read somewhere that the emulate meta tag in IE8 can emulate IE6 for testing IE6 by editing IE7 to IE6 in the meta tag, but I've never tried it and I may be wrong.

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If you mean why didn't they build in an emulate IE7 into IE6 that that's clearly impossible and a joke by you, but I'm sure I read somewhere that the emulate meta tag in IE8 can emulate IE6 for testing IE6 by editing IE7 to IE6 in the meta tag, but I've never tried it and I may be wrong.

 

 

Haha. No, I wasn't meaning that as a joke. I just did not express it clearly enough. That latter part of your comment is what I was wondering about. Like you, I thought I had originally read, a few months ago, that when IE8 roles out, it would be able to emulate 6 & 7. Everything I was reading yesterday only mentions the emulation of 7 in IE8. It would make more sense to have IE8 emulations of 6 & 7, but then, this is M$ we are talking about and they're not known for their making sensedness. (it's a new word I just made up) :)

 

I hope you are correct. I'm just not wanting to remove 6 off the old laptop I'm using for testing until it's verified that IE8 can emulate both 6&7 and do so accurately.

 

Thanks for the clarification.

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I've now checked. The emulate IE7 meta tage cannot be edited to emulate IE6, to test pages in IE6 you still need another computer or a virtual machine (a virtual OS with IE6 on it) or one of the specialist programs.

 

The emulate IE7 meta tag will not be in the final version of IE8, so Microsoft either expect IE8 to be good enough not to display badly or they expect web designers to get the code to be up to standard and validated error free.

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