…is now available to download and test.
According to the blog entry, IE8 is going to be very exciting for web developers. We can finally start ditching the old hacks built for IE7 and other lesser browsers.
It is not mentioned in that post, but IE8 will render in web standards mode by default. This means that IE8 will read your CSS and display it using as close as possible a rendering model based on W3C rules. This is in contrast to IE7 and below, where the standard was to display in “quirks” mode (using the MS version of the CSS model) and you had to jump through hoops to make it use standards mode.
IE8 aims to have full CSS 2.1 support. This is fantastic, as up to this point, there has been a great specification available, but designers could not use it to its full potential because IE simply wasn’t good enough for it. Microsoft is aiming to fix this deficiency …finally!
Some HTML5 elements will be available. I have not yet seen the list, but this again is a great new trick. HTML5 allows a designer to do some pretty funky things like this:
I’m looking forward to this. It’s about time that IE grew up and joined the adult browsers such as Firefox and Opera.