Popular Websites Incompatible in Internet Explorer 8

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Barb Mosher Zinck avatar

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Friday is a good day to have a laugh at Microsoft's expense - don't you think. Thought so.

So they finally decided to get with the compatibility program with Internet Explorer 8. But they may have drug their heels just a little too long and now they are paying the price.

According to ZDNet's Mary Jo Foley, Microsoft has released an Internet Explorer (IE) 8 incompatibility list. This is a list of websites that do not render probably when IE is run in standards mode. The list has a whopping 2400 websites on it and it is getting updated on a regular basis.

Perhaps what is so amazingly funny (or not so funny, depending on who you talk to) is that the incompatible websites are not your average joe, no one really looks at them anyway, websites. Here's a few examples of the websites that are not compatible:

  • microsoft.com
  • google.com
  • yahoo.com
  • wikipedia.org
  • flickr.com
  • wordpress.com
  • adobe.com
  • facebook.com
  • apple.com
  • youtube.com

This is a downloaded a list and there's a version for XP users and a version for Vista users.

The list is used by your IE8 browser to allow you to opt-out of viewing any website on that list in standards mode. There's also a button that allows you to add websites to the list.

Learning Opportunities

Now we understand that IE8 is only out as a Release Candidate, but come on, even their own site doesn't run properly in standards mode?

What exactly did Microsoft do for standards in IE8? Enhancements to the standards include:

  • Standards support (CSS/HTML): Data: URIs, the abbr tag, CSS generated content; Display: table CSS properties, fixes for a number of CSS and HTML parsing bugs
  • Standards support (DOM) and AJAX : IE8 contains an enhanced and standardized DOM as well as support for AJAX with features like DOM: Storage, Cross Document Messaging (XDM) and the Selectors APIs
  • Accessible Rich Internet Applications (ARIA) Specification: IE8 will also support the new ARIA specification from the WCAG. Things like support for ARIA Markup and DHTML Extensions for Accessibility are included.

Want to understand Microsoft's compatibility view better? Read it here.

So while Mozilla fights with its mobile browser and Google brings on Pre-Beta 2 of Chrome, the browser wars rang on. Problem is, no one seems to be fighting on the same battlefield.