With the Microsoft Professional Developer Conference in Los Angeles last week, a lot of news on the Internet Explorer front has come to light. Here’s a summary of the tasty bits for developers:

  • The Internet Explorer Developer Toolbar for IE6 and IE7 is ready in public beta form.
  • IE7 will correctly skip a <?xml?> prolog at the start of an XHTML document when looking for the DOCTYPE declaration, without lapsing into Quirks Mode.
  • Internet Explorer Web platform lead Chris Wilson confirmed a desire to properly implement XHTML support in Internet Explorer after the release of IE7.
  • Microsoft and Amazon have collaborated to produce the OpenSearch 1.1 specification, which describes how browsers may provide site-specific search functionality, and how websites may return the results of those searches in HTML or RSS (0.9x, 1.0, 2.0, or Atom) format for display in the browser. The search box in IE7 will be built on this specification. No doubt other browsers like Firefox and Safari will follow suit.
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  • http://www.deanclatworthy.com Dean C

    The web-developer toolbar is still very buggy btw. Some bugs even crash the browser :)

  • http://www.lowter.com charmedlover

    Still not satisfyied that IE7 will not support application/xhtml+xml.

  • http://www.redflystudios.com cianuro

    Agreed, I have had to remove the web-dev toolbar. Its casued a lot of hangups.

  • jpatterson

    Yea but that’s why the toolbar is a Beta! You could help them improve it by telling them when it crashes, and what you were doing when it did.

  • http://www.chameleon-systems.com csi95

    It all sounds good, but I’ll believe it when I see it. I just can’t believe that Microsoft really wants to support standards, and not their own version of what they think the web should work like.

    I really hope they go for 100% standards compliance. This is their chance to do it right.

  • reon

    i guess we must give them a lot more time… imagine the impact of any of their release. it’ll affect a lot of users, and a lot of how other sites are being coded. I sincerely believe they are trying to be standards compliant, cos they are sort of being forced to do it, but they cannot just totally change the way everything used to work.

    imagine many companies having to make changes to their sites. its good business for developers like us.. but it’ll be chaotic. give them a chance to slowly work things out in the correct manner, instead of rushing to meet the standards and having more bugs and problems, which will not just affect one client or ten, but more than half of internet users and developers in the world.

    oh. i like the web developer toolbar. think a revised version is out. looks good.

  • Anonymous

    ie7+ should be available for xpsp2, many people have just purchased new computers. they don`t deserve to be left out. and that (not practical to make it backward compatible remark was arrogant).

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