Saturday, October 07, 2006

This seems backwards...

For a browser anyway:

These efforts have been ongoing since last year and have been extremely successful but we can’t ensure 100% compatibility without your help. We need you to test and ensure your sites, extensions, and applications are ready for IE7. We strongly encourage you to do the following ASAP... (emphasis was original)

Not sure about that (also, I doubt they could ensure 100% compatibility even with our help - which they seem to imply they could... but I digress).

Be nice to let IE6 and IE7 run on the same computer (I know there are hacks to make it sometimes work - but the official answer is virtual PC, not reasonable for most end users). It would be nice if they had a "IE6 mode" (sort of like this Firefox extension gives Firefox an IE6 mode, hmm, wonder if that'll turn into an IE7 mode soon).

Speaking of firebox extensions, Lifehacker pointed me to this one. Very nice, I hit F2 now and I'm editing my asktom answers in gvim instead of a text area, I like that. Very useful.

No, I haven't tested asktom against IE7, no, I probably won't either. We'll just see what happens when this "upgrade" is unleashed against us all "very soon"

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Anonymous Anonymous said....

I came across this recently.

http://www.microsoft-watch.com/article2/0,2180,2018785,00.asp?kc=EWEWKEMLP092206ECS4

"One surprising problem that IE 7 betas have run into over recent months is that Web sites that were coded to work specifically with IE weren't working with IE 7. The cause of this problem was that, since it's a new version of the browser, IE 7 has its own unique user agent string, which is how browsers identify themselves to Web sites (for the record, IE 7's string on Windows XP is Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 7.0; Windows NT 5.1)) The new string caused many sites to reject IE 7 as incompatible with IE-only Web sites. As the newer betas of IE 7 have increased in visibility this problem is now less common. And for those IE 7 beta testers still running into incompatible sites, there's a utility that can help you work around the problem."

The link to the utility is: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=9517DB9C-3C0D-47FE-BD04-FAD82A9AAC9F&displaylang=en

All it really does is passes back a string that it is IE7 instead of 6. While this does not allow you to run both, it may allow stubborn sites to let IE7 attempt at loading and parsing their site. With this, I no longer get "You need to use Internet Explorer 6 or higher." errors. It just "works".

Sat Oct 07, 12:30:00 PM EDT  

Anonymous Nitpicker said....

What is this FireBox that you refer to?

Mon Oct 09, 10:06:00 AM EDT  

Blogger Thomas Kyte said....

firebox :) fixed that, thanks

Mon Oct 09, 10:20:00 AM EDT  

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