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standard out of the box (was: IE Blog: Internet Explorer 8 and Acid2: A Milestone)

From: Alex Mogilevsky <alexmog@exchange.microsoft.com>
Date: Thu, 20 Dec 2007 10:39:42 -0800
To: Håkon Wium Lie <howcome@opera.com>, "www-style@w3.org" <www-style@w3.org>
Message-ID: <04F36FB4ED0F85459AA447F72711526F01206D87FC2E@DF-GRTDANE-MSG.exchange.corp.microsoft.com>

It is to be decided how exactly you get into standards mode. It sounds like what you are suggesting is that IE8 is standard by default, and that it abandons compatibility with its previous versions. Is this what you think would be best for the web?

Don't get me wrong, I don't have any attachment to quirks mode. I would love to use standards everywhere. But certainly, if we just drop quirks mode, we'll break millions of pages. Somehow we have to be able to tell that a page is actually designed for standards.

What do you think is the right way to decide if a page will not be broken if rendered in 100% standard mode?

-----Original Message-----
From: www-style-request@w3.org [mailto:www-style-request@w3.org] On Behalf Of Håkon Wium Lie
Sent: Thursday, December 20, 2007 6:28 AM
To: www-style@w3.org
Subject: Re: FW: IE Blog: Internet Explorer 8 and Acid2: A Milestone


I wrote:

 > I hope that IE8 passes the ACID2 test out of the box when it ships

Some people have asked me to clarify what I mean by this. What I mean
is that IE8 must be able to render Acid2 correctly by default. Users
should not have to change preferences for this to happen, and the
authors shouldn't have to change the test. It would be helpful if
Microsoft could confirm that Acid2 will pass by default, and that
other documents that ask for standards mode (as per [1]) also will
benefit from the improvements in standards mode.

[1] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quirks_mode

Cheers,

-h&kon
              Håkon Wium Lie                          CTO °þe®ª
howcome@opera.com                  http://people.opera.com/howcome
Received on Thursday, 20 December 2007 18:40:02 GMT

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