Chris Wilson: If you (the page developer) really want the best standards support IE8 can give, you can get it by inserting a simple <meta> element. Aaron gives more details on this in his article.
Aaron Gustafson: This option, though strongly discouraged, will cause a site to target the latest IE browser versions as they release.
My basic problem is that I don’t know what features are in and out of IE8 or when it will be released. I don’t even have access to a simple screenshot.
I simply want to code to standards, and hope that Microsoft will keep up as best of their ability. Accordingly, I’ve implemented the following in my .htaccess file:
BrowserMatch MSIE best-standards-support Header set X-UA-Compatible IE=edge env=best-standards-support
See also: loose coupling.
Update: Upon further reflection, I now have some questions:
- What is MySpace supposed to do? Users copy/paste input into text areas and the result is wrapped in a template. Multiply this question by all of the sites (Blogger, WordPress, etc.) that do similarly.
- How does this affect feed aggregators? Use
xhtml:metaas extension elements? How are planet / river of news aggregators supposed to cope?