Most of you should be aware that Microsoft have released IE7. You should also be aware that they plan start pushing it out through automatic updates from the beginning of November. So hopefully you have already added it to your list of browsers to test with. In a rather short time I expect IE7 will become more popular then IE6. Unfortunately we still wont be able to disregard IE6 for a very long time. I wonder how soon people will stop testing with IE5 or have you already.
While we are talking of browsers how can we not mention the final release of Firefox 2. After downloaded and installed Firefox 2, I am very pleased to discover that it has inbuilt spell checking. My spelling is atrocious, (I used spell checker on that one ), so to have an inbuilt spell checker to me is fantastic. Check out the list of other cool features in this release of Firefox.
I gave up supporting IE5 a LONG time ago. It's not worth it. People who are still stuck in the dark ages need to upgrade to a new browser, be it IE6/7 or another choice, such as Firefox or Opera.
MS themselves have ditched support for IE5/mac (which is unusual as it had a superior rendering engine to the PC version developed, iirc, with the help of Tantek Celik?) and IE5 is a dead browser. I hope with the advent of IE7 that IE6 will become the NEW "dead" browser, that slowly fades into extinction and MS, in time, ditch support for.
Sure, IE7 still sucks when it comes to HTML and CSS, but it's a LOT better than IE6 (finally fixed PNG Alpha Channels) and MILES better than IE5. They have a LOT of catching up to do to compete with FF and Opera, but competition is good, it forces MS to change. Won't be long now before the release IE8 which should, in theory, have great CSS support.
However, by then, Firefox 3 and Opera 10 will be out, and I wonder what new tricks they will bring . . .
If I install IE7 will I IE6
If I install IE7 will IE6 run seperately or does IE7 simply overwrite IE6?
If it does overwrite IE6 is there anyway to prevent it?
Hi, if you install IE7
Hi, if you install IE7 release candidate (the official one from M$) it will remove IE6, but don't worry, there is a solution, and it works as I have just found out today.
1. First Install IE7
2. Go to MultipleIEs and download the installer (9.02MB), then run it. You can choose to install any or all of IE 3.0, 4.01, 5.01 and 6.0.
3. Follow the various instructions on that page, don't miss one like I did.
After all that you should be able to use all and any of them with no problem.
Fantastic! Good find, thank
Fantastic! Good find, thank you
Did you ever support it - I thought you even refused to support IE6
Not that it really matters but it's intersecting to note that MS still support IE5, (though not 5.5 or Mac 5 - its all to-do with it being on windows 2000 as far as I can tell).
It's also interesting to note that lots of the people still using IE5, and other old browsers for that matter are often doing it for a good and conscious reasons, they are not necessarily stuck in the dark ages.
I'm not suggesting you all have to support them, far from it, but I would not wipe that part of your brain just yet s you may well find you have to encounter it at some point down the road*.
IE7 will NOT make IE6 the "new" dead browser, whether we want it to or not.
*disclaimer: I am having to re-acquaint myself with some of this joy at the moment.