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IE8 beta 1 now available

The IE8 beta pages are now up and live. The download is not yet resolving to an application. [edit] updates from this morning; it works now, the application is downloadable, and IE8 doesn’t render as expected. smiley icon: sad


I didn’t feel this was worth of a new post so I’m updating this one instead. As of this morning the beta is now downloadable. I have installed it on a Virtual Machine and am largely happy with it (the hyperlink hover fade-in now works in IE!). The IE7 switch is a little disappointing as you need to close all instances of IE8 before the engines switch. Better than nothing, but it does make it impossible to have an IE7 and IE8 open at the same time. Other problems include an apparent inability to render generated content properly (as shown on the screen-shot below, note how my thumbnails are all square edges when they ought to be rounded - learn how I made that effect), and IE8 retains the IE6/7 bug of thinking my page is wider than it actually is. This is to do with the placement of the skip-links at the top of the page.

Screenshot of Internet Explorer 8 homepage Screenshot of Internet Explorer 8 showing a blog entry from my website


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  1. Logic posted 1 days, 16hrs, 42mins after the entry and said:

    If you want to test the IE7 engine without restarting IE open the developer toolbox, the little icon next to help.

    The option is in the first menu item.

  2. Matt Wilcox posted 1 days, 17hrs, 15mins after the entry and said:

    Thanks Logic, I had been using the nice big 'Emulate IE7' button next to the home icon. There is a problem with using the Web Developer tool to switch engines however - it doesn't pick up the IE7 conditional comments when you switch using this tool. Making it pretty useless for me.

  3. Baohan posted 5 days, 21hrs, 55mins after the entry and said:

    I somehow, never use I.E. I just think that it has too many mistakes that would ruin a designing master piece. However, I still test my site in I.E every now and again.

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