The main aim of this release is to gain parity with IE8 support in IE9. The scenarios that worked in IE7/IE8 should continue to work on IE9.With this release our main focus is on all the functionality we supported in IE7 & IE8 should continue to work in the same way for IE9.Before going for explaination of supported and non-supported scenario in IE9. I will quickly explain the IE9 different modes.

IE9 runs in two modes browser mode and Document mode.The Browser Mode determines what User-Agent (UA) string IE sends to and how IE evaluates Conditional Comments (More on these topics below).The Document Mode dictates what mode IE Trident engine will renders the markup in such as IE9’s Standards Mode.

Types of Browser Mode in IE9

Types of Document Mode in IE9

IE9  ( IE9 Full functionality)

IE9 Standards

IE9 Compatibility View ( IE9 emulated to  IE7/IE8)

IE8 Standards

IE8

IE7 Standards

IE7

Quirks

 

Users can change Browser Mode by clicking on the Compatibility View (CV) button, which causes IE8 and IE9 to emulate the IE7 browser Developers can change Browser Mode through the “Browser Mode” menu in IE’s F12 Developer Tools .User/Developer can change the Document Mode by pressing F12 on the IE browser. The more detail explanation can be found here.  

Details of Supported Vs Not Supported Scenario’s In IE9

 

Scenario

Type of Browser and Mode in Recording

Type of Browser and Mode in Playback

Supported /not Supported

Record in IE9 compatibility mode on an application and playback in IE9 compatibility mode

IE9 Compatibility Mode

IE9 Compatibility Mode

Supported

Record in IE7/IE8 mode playback in IE9 compatibility mode

IE7/IE8 mode

IE9 Compatibility Mode

Supported

Record in IE7/IE8 mode playback in IE9 Standard mode

IE7/IE8 mode

IE9 Mode

Supported

Record in IE9 compatibility mode on an application and playback in IE9 standard mode

IE9 Compatibility Mode

IE9 Mode

Supported

Record in IE9 compatibility mode on an application and playback in IE7/IE8

IE9 Compatibility Mode

IE7/IE8 mode

Supported

Record in IE9 mode on an application that uses new IE9 features and controls and playback in IE9 Standard Mode

IE9 Mode

IE9 Mode

Not Supported

Record in IE9 mode on an application that uses new IE9 features and controls and playback in IE7/IE8 versions of IE

IE9 Mode

IE7/IE8 mode

Not Supported

Record in IE9 and playback in FireFox

IE9 Mode

Firefox

Not Supported

 

 

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Note: 

IE7/IE8 Mode: In  IE9 browser user has selected IE8 mode through browser mode.

IE9 Mode: This Mode represents selection of IE9 in Browser mode and selection of IE9 standard in Document Mode. 

The Following table shows the behavior of Silverlight Application with Silverlight plugin wrt to IE9 browser.

Scenario with SL plugin Mode in Recording  Mode in Playback Supported /not Supported
Record in IE9 Standard mode with New IE features on Silverlight application and playback in IE9 Standard mode or IE 9 Compatibility Mode IE9  Mode IE9  Mode / IE9  Compatibility   Mode Not Supported
Record in IE9 Standard mode with New IE features on Silverlight application and playback in IE9 Compatibility  mode  or IE8/IE7 mode IE9  Mode IE9  Compatibility   Mode or  IE7/IE8 mode  Not Supported
Record in IE9 compatibility mode on Silverlight application and playback in IE9 compatibility  mode or IE7/IE8 IE9 Compatibility Mode
IE9 Compatibility Mode or  IE7/IE8 mode
Supported

 

The Following table shows the behavior of few important scenarios before SP1 release and after SP1 release.

Feature/user Actions wrt to IE9

Behavior before                 SP1 release

Behavior after SP1 release

Choose File To Upload Dialog

                     Any recording/code that was done in IE7/IE8 on this control will fail to playback in IE9

This Issue has been fixed

Auto Complete Dialog Recording

The Dialog has changed in IE9 which has resulted in failure.

This issue has been fixed

Whitespace handling in IE9 for search of any control

In IE9 search was failing for few controls due to whitespace mismatch in search

This issue has been fixed

Title Bar , Close Button , Restore Button not being recognized in IE9 Compatibility Mode

The hierarchy of the title bar, Close and restore Button has been changed in IE9 so we do not recognize it. Due to this behavior when we record in IE9 Compatibility mode for the following actions like actions on title bar, minimize/maximize, close button, resize window will fail when we playback in IE8

This issue has been fixed

Notification Bar/IE Dialog

In IE9, these dialogs have become Notification Bars. Actions on the notification bars will be recorded and played back like normal actions without "ContinueOnError" flag.

Any recording/code that was done in IE7/IE8 on this control will fail to playback in IE9.

 

This issue has been fixed for high priority dialogs but there might be still few dialogs where user might end in above scenario.