You may already be aware of this, but if not, Internet Explorer 8 is currently available in beta today. With this new beta version of IE, you may experience one of the following issues when you use the Beta 1 version of Microsoft Internet Explorer 8 to view existing web pages:
The reason for this is Internet Explorer 8 Beta 1 displays Web pages using its latest "Standards mode" by default; whereas, most current Web pages are created and tested to work with Internet Explorer 7 Standards mode.
To confirm that browsing in Internet Explorer 8 Standards mode is the cause of an issue, follow these steps:
HOW TO FIX THIS
(There is a screencast already available by Matt Hester on this topic that I would recommend. You can view it online HERE)
There is a resolution to this issue that you can implement today. To resolve these issues, Web site owners and administrators can add a meta-tag that tells Internet Explorer 8 to display an entire site or a specific page like Internet Explorer 7. That is, the meta-tag causes Internet Explorer to render pages in either Internet Explorer 7 Standards (Strict) mode or in Internet Explorer 5 (Quirks) mode, based on the Doctype element declaration.
Note: Adding the Internet Explorer 7 compatibility tag should address most display issues. However, browser detection may also have to be updated on your site. To learn more, visit this Microsoft Web Page
You can use one of the following options to force Internet Explorer 8 to render Web pages like Internet Explorer 7:
Site owners and administrators can include the following custom HTTP header to force Internet Explorer 8 to render Web pages like Internet Explorer 7:
To add a custom HTTP response header at the Web site level in Internet Information Services 7 on a Windows Server 2008-based computer, follow these steps:
To add a custom HTTP response header at the Web site level in Internet Information Services 6 and earlier versions, follow these steps:
Site owners and administrators can include the following special HTML tag after the <Head> tag on the page:
<meta http-equiv="X-UA-Compatible" content="IE=EmulateIE7" />
The following example shows use of this Internet Explorer 7 compatibility mode tag on a per-page basis:
<html> <head> <!-- Use IE7 mode --> <meta http-equiv="X-UA-Compatible" content="IE=EmulateIE7" /> <title>My Web Page</title> </head> <body> <p>Content goes here.</p> </body> </html>
To verify you have installed the tag correctly on your site, follow these steps:
Internet Explorer 8 Beta 1 end-users can work around these issues by pressing Emulate IE7 on the menu bar in the browser window. When the Emulate IE7 button is depressed, Web pages will display in Internet Explorer 7 Standards mode. Microsoft provides programming examples for illustration only, without warranty either expressed or implied. This includes, but is not limited to, the implied warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose. This article assumes that you are familiar with the programming language that is being demonstrated and with the tools that are used to create and to debug procedures. Microsoft support engineers can help explain the functionality of a particular procedure. However, they will not modify these examples to provide added functionality or construct procedures to meet your specific requirements.
You can find out more about IE 8 and this update at the following locations:
Thank you and have a wonderful day,
Eric Ligman Microsoft Senior Manager, Community Engagement US Partner Strategy, Marketing and Programs This posting is provided "AS IS" with no warranties, and confers no rights
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