Internet Explorer 8 to debut as "Standards Compliant" — Web Designers Rejoice

on Mar 4, 2008

ie8 It would appear that Microsoft had second doubts about their unwillingness to adopt Standards Compliancy in their forth-coming IE8 browser. On their IE Blog the new announcement apparently follows Microsoft’s new Interoperability Principles;

"We’ve decided that IE8 will, by default, interpret web content in the most standards compliant way it can." were inclined to think otherwise and instead the reason may have just as well been due to "the widespread criticism from the design community — condemning IE 8 for not defaulting to standards mode — coupled with lawsuits from the likes of Opera and the EU, played a large part in the decision."

No matter the real reason behind the new decision to enable the Standards Compliant mode as the default option. It will mean that Web Designers can at last hope for an IE browser that renders their web sites in similar or identical fashion to Firefox, Safari and other modern browsers which have been compliant all along.

In the long run It should mean a faster development cycle and more time spent on designing sites as opposed to writing alternative stylesheets to fix bugs and quirks in IE.

Remember that the end user of a well designed and functional web-site is the one who really benefits here.


  1. Comment by Dmitry Fadeev — Mar 6, 2008 @ 2:26 pm

    This is a great decision on Microsoft’s part — finally they’ve listened to the users and developers. One thing I also like is the ability to put a line of code that will make IE8 run in IE7 mode, which would be useful for people who needed to make hacks for IE7 — and if anything breaks in the new version they can just use the old mode until they need to redesign the site/application.

    I’m still not terribly excited however because of the fact that we’re still designing sites with IE6 in mind. Even today, IE6 has a relatively large market share, and when IE8 comes out, IE6 will still remain in use — and we’ll still need to optimize for it. Standards compliant web design would only really become easier when IE6 is completely gone, but I don’t think that will come too soon.

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