Internet Explorer 7 Leaks

Update: The Chief Technology Officer of Opera, a browser similar (but more standards-compliant) than Internet Explorer, has issued a challenge to Microsoft. The Web Standards Project will sponsor the Acid2 test. They will build a web page that will incorporate all the standards that should be met, i.e., CSS2. If Microsoft agrees, then they would not ship IE7 until it passes this test.

FYI — the Web Standards Project did something similar in the late 1990’s. They created the original acid test, which help us get CSS1 interoperability.



Although Microsoft is not directly providing any information on what types of functionality might be in the upcoming version 7 of Internet Explorer. We only know that it should have improved security.

However, anonymous Microsoft partners have said that IE 7 will have tabs, will support international domain names (IDN) and portable network graphics (PNG), will simplify IE printing, and will have a built-in news aggregator (i.e., RSS).

An outstanding question is if it will support Cascading Style Sheets version 2. Jury is still out. I’d be happy if they supported the entirety of version 1.

[From Microsoft Watch]


One response to “Internet Explorer 7 Leaks

  1. lukethelibrarian March 18, 2005 at 11:27 am

    Looks like that answer will be no. This is rich: “One partner said that Microsoft considers CSS2 to be a ‘flawed’ standard and that the company is waiting for a later point release, such as CSS2.1 or CSS3, before throwing its complete support behind it.” I’ll believe that when I see it.

    Who uses Internet Explorer anymore anyway? 😉

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