The most current build of IE8 running in standards mode now correctly renders the Acid2 browser test.
Acid2 is a test that determines how well a browser works with several different web standards. Successfully rendering Acid2 is an important landmark for IE8, as it highlights the interoperability, standards compliance and backwards compatibility that we're committed to for this release. We are also announcing that IE8 Beta 1 will be released in the first half of 2008. This is the first significant disclosure of IE8 features and standards support and we expect broad interest. A Channel 9 video interview will provide further detail on this announcement.
As per usual, we will continue to collect designer and developer feedback to determine additional milestone timelines further down the line.New information for developers: One of the goals of IE8 is to support the right set of standards with excellent implementation and without breaking the existing web. Last week, IE8 reached a core milestone: IE8 in standard mode now correctly renders the “Acid2 Browser Test”. Acid2 is a test that determines how well a browser works with several different web standards.
For compatibility purposes, IE8’s rendering engine defaults to “standards” mode. Site developers will need to insert a new opt-in flag to request the page to render using “IE8 standards mode.” Many sites today are coded to work properly in other browsers under those browsers’ standards modes, but then hand IE7 a different set of content or styling under that same mode. Our goal is to encourage interoperability for web developers; our new standards mode will attempt to be interoperable with other browsers’ standards modes, so that in other browsers, the page can continue to be rendered by their standards mode.
Our goal with Internet Explorer 8 is to deliver the next generation web browser designed for the new web; making it safe and easy to use web services. For consumers, IE8 will deliver the easiest and safest way to experience the web and web services in a way that is meaningful to them. For web developers and internet content providers, IE8 will enable consistent development across browser platforms, increased productivity, and richer, more integrated user experiences and services – all without breaking the web.
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