Microsoft Making IE 8 Fully Compatible with More Websites
Microsoft issued an official blog posting March 2 detailing its engineers' thinking process behind the build of Internet Explorer 8, the latest version of its Web browser, and how it chooses to render certain Websites. According to the blog posting, some 19 percent of high-traffic Websites currently render in IE 8 standards. Microsoft is working to reduce the list of Websites that IE 8 needs a feature called Compatibility View in order to render all elements properly.As part of its drive to have as many Websites compatible with Internet Explorer 8 as possible, Microsoft in a blog posting March 2 describes the thinking that went into how the browser chooses to render Websites. For some sites, IE 8 needs a feature known as Compatibility View to render all elements properly. The current list of those sites is something that Microsoft has been working to reduce for some time. "There are billions of pages written specifically for either Quirks, IE 7, Almost Standards, or the latest Standards," Marc Silbey, Internet Explorer program manager, wrote in that March 2 official blog posting. "IE needs to support all of these web platform variations to ensure that our broad, world-wide, user-base has the best experience." High-volume sites such as Amazon.com apparently write for Quirks out of a need to render in a wide number of browsers.
The issue is that, of all those billions of pages written specifically for those standards, a relatively small percentage render in IE 8 standards. Specifically, according to the pie chart that accompanies the blog posting, some 19 percent of high-traffic Websites currently render in IE 8 standards, while 41 percent render in "IE 8 almost standards," some 14 percent in "IE 7 standards" and 26 percent in Quirks.