Web Developers will see results in IE7 Beta 2

Today, Chris Wilson spilled the beans I've been wanting to spill for awhile --  The majority of the features (bug fixes) that will effect web developers are in Beta 2, not Beta 1 of IE.  Here is a quick list of things that are addressed -- see Chris's post to understand the rationale -- The work the IE team is doing is pretty amazing, and just the start of a dedicated effort to provide our Web developers with the best possible experience across the board -- whether it is with tools and platforms, or browsers.

In IE7, we will fix as many of the worst bugs that web developers hit as we can, and we will add the critical most-requested features from the standards as well. Though you won’t see (most of) these until Beta 2, we have already fixed the following bugs from PositionIsEverything and Quirksmode:

  • Peekaboo bug
  • Guillotine bug
  • Duplicate Character bug
  • Border Chaos
  • No Scroll bug
  • 3 Pixel Text Jog
  • Magic Creeping Text bug
  • Bottom Margin bug on Hover
  • Losing the ability to highlight text under the top border
  • IE/Win Line-height bug
  • Double Float Margin Bug
  • Quirky Percentages in IE
  • Duplicate indent
  • Moving viewport scrollbar outside HTML borders
  • 1 px border style
  • Disappearing List-background
  • Fix width:auto

In addition we’ve added support for the following

  • HTML 4.01 ABBR tag
  • Improved (though not yet perfect) <object> fallback
  • CSS 2.1 Selector support (child, adjacent, attribute, first-child etc.)
  • CSS 2.1 Fixed positioning
  • Alpha channel in PNG images
  • Fix :hover on all elements
  • Background-attachment: fixed on all elements not just body

Comments (4)
  1. Rosyna says:

    Always worries me that if IE supports something, it’ll break something else thereby rendering all standards compliant web pages (most aren’t since IE can’t render standard compliant pages too well) even more borked in IE.

  2. David SMith says:

    Bravo! Someday soon IE will be able to handle ComplexSpiral, and there will be much rejoicing!

    (count me in the "still skeptical, but happy to hear this" camp)

  3. msnsearch says:

    Attribute selectors! I expected hover on all elements and alpha PNGs, but the CSS 2.1 foo is exciting.

    Any chance of getting generated content, for things like CSS Link Markers?


  4. If I understand it correctly, png alpha transparency will be supported by IE7.

    Until IE7 gets widely accepted by users, here’s a simple css hack that ensures it that both IE5+ and other browsers (with native png transparency support) display transparent png pictures properly, and at the same time (and without lengthy javascript trickery): http://7black.uw.hu/PNG_css_hack/PNG_opacity.html

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