Folks, for anyone who has worked at coding Web sites on HTML and subsequently XHTML + CSS, the advent of Internet Explorer 7 (IE) was a huge step in the right direction.
Coding sites for IE6 quirks was nothing short of extremely painful ... loss of limb levels of pain. :(
IE7 helped that process along by at least rendering Web pages without too much in the way of painful extra coding. Though, it is still a long way from pure coding pleasure.
The litmus test for properly rendering a properly coded XHTML + CSS based Web site is the Acid2 Web Browser Test.
The Acid2 test is brutal. Check it out with IE7 and see just how far away it is.
In my own experience, the only Windows based browser that can pass the test is the current version of the Opera Browser which is 9.
Today, that has changed!
The Internet Explorer team announced that the IE8 will properly render the Acid2 Test!
Since a significant junk of the world browses the Web with IE, this is a huge step in the right direction and a huge relief for Web site coders everywhere.
As long as Web Standards remain the focus of the IE Team, coders will no longer need to keep such a large stable of coding hacks to make sites work on all browsers.
And, with this announcement there is now pressure on the other browser creators that are not Standards compliant to pick it up and get their browser products compliant.
In the end, we are the winners! As Standards are adopted, Web sites will no longer look different or not render at all on the various Web browsers out there.
Microsoft Small Business Specialists
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