So, MS have finally pulled their finger out and released it
WARNING – the word on the street is that it IE8 automatically overwrites any IE7 installation so bear that in mind!
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IE 8 beta 1 does NOT pass acid 2 test LOL.
Maybe they couldnt manage to make it work without that meta tag yet.
Emil, it does pass Acid2… if you go to the official copy of the test on webstandards.org. (I’ve tried it, and it works.) It’s not working on other sites because the code runs up against a cross-site request issue (more here).
As for it missing the nifty CSS features, the same was true with IE7. All the interesting improvements in the rendering engine happened in Beta 2.
Damn ! I just installed IE8 beta on a Windows Vista Home Premium notebook, and after opening IE, it shows
“Internet Explorer has stopped working” and it closes !
Now, I cant even revert back to IE7 because Im unable to find an IE7 installation for Vista !
> No reason to be careful — IE8 beta have «Toggle IE7 Emulation mode» button, so we still have two versions of IE for testing.
It does overwrite IE6 too. IE7 is coming but IE6 still takes about 40%.
IE8 looks quite buggy now, I’m writing this and hovering mouse or selecting text produce some nice effects. Many elements noticably displaced, jumping and so on…
Interesting that it’s still pass IE7 *+html css hack, so IE7 hacks will be devilered even to IE8beta1 standarts mode. I can only suggest to use conditional comments instead of this hack for now.
At least finally we have support of display:table property and generated content.
“No reason to be careful — IE8 beta have «Toggle IE7 Emulation mode» button, so we still have two versions of IE for testing.”
Actually, I’ll be careful myself. I read that the IE7 mode of IE8 doesn’t behave exactly the same as IE7 (and gives different results for the Acid2 and other tests). In other words, IE8 is not a good reference to make IE7 tests (yet).