ie8

Well….Microsoft released IE8 today to the world. I haven’t tried any of the beta versions which have been released over the last few years…

First thoughts…

  • It definitely loads faster
  • Top bar is too thick…gotta disable some of those toolbars. Screen real estate is key and the default IE settings don’t cut it.
  • The lighbox javascript doesn’t work …typical though since their API has probably changed which breaks ajax and js scripts (not smart)
  • EPIC ACID3 TEST FAIL – 20/100! (click here to test)

Hopefully there is some sorta patch for the Acid3 test. I’d like to see IE get at least 50/100!
Firefox 3.0.7 currently scores a 71/100 on both PC & Mac.
Chrome scores a perfect 100/100 and loads extremely fast.
Safari beta 4 also scores a 100/100 (my mac friend gave it a try on his computer)

Lastly, the compatability mode seems to render the browser in an IE7 shell which allows the lightbox to work on the images below. I tested my theory below.

User agent string w/o compatibility:
Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 8.0; Windows NT 6.0; WOW64; Trident/4.0; SLCC1; .NET CLR 2.0.50727; .NET CLR 3.0.04506; Media Center PC 5.0; InfoPath.1; InfoPath.2; .NET CLR 3.5.30729)

User agent string w/ compatibility:
Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 7.0; Windows NT 6.0; WOW64; Trident/4.0; SLCC1; .NET CLR 2.0.50727; .NET CLR 3.0.04506; Media Center PC 5.0; InfoPath.1; InfoPath.2; .NET CLR 3.5.30729)

So….when is IE8 going to work with acid3 properly?

One thought on “ie8”

  1. As for Safari, let’s just say, that the windows version of Safari, does NOT do much better than Firefox. (74/100 on my computer, with Safari 3.2.2 for win)

    Google Chrome (version 1.0.154.55) gets 78/100.

    So how it gets 100/100 on your computer, is a mystery.

    Also, did the 2 100/100 scores, actually LOOK like the reference rendering?

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