Other IE Bloggers


I wanted to point out that many of the IE team members have their own blogs and frequently post there about IE topics. Some recent examples: Chris Wilson talks about CSS compliance, Jeff Davis writes about IE’s command line parsing as well as how ActiveX controls and popup blockers interact, and Justin Rogers blogs about implied tags in HTML. The RSS part of our team, of course, has their own team blog. More of our team members’ blogs are listed in the bottom of the right column of this page.

Check them out for even more juicy details about IE!

Tony Chor
Group Program Manager

Comments (50)

  1. jeffdav says:

    I’ve also got some really good stuff regarding the Pop-up Blocker and how ActiveX controls should interact with it.

  2. Alfonso says:

    The only problem with the Justin Rogers blog is that his last post is almost one year old.

  3. Fiery Kitsune says:

    Wow, talk about damage-control… Was all the fuss over the CSS compliance (or lack thereof) symptomatic of bad PR?

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  5. DR_DREW says:

    I am growing increasingly frustrated with this issue.

    I CANNOT select "save target as" to download files online! Clicking the links only streams what I am trying to download. How do you use IE7 to download a link to a video or sound file?????

    Someone has to have some information…

  6. EricLaw [MSFT] says:

    @DR_DREW: What happens when you click "Save Target As"?  What links are you attempting to use this on?

  7. Erel says:

    This is a little off-topic, but I’ll ask it anyway…

    In Internet Explorer 7, is there a way to get the delete temporary files, cookies, etc dialog box up, everytime I close IE?

    Or even better, is there a way to have temporary files, cookies, etc, deleted automatically when I close IE7?

    Thanks, and keep up the good work with IE7. Looking forward to the final release version.

  8. Erel says:

    This is a little off-topic, but I’ll ask it anyway…

    In Internet Explorer 7, is there a way to get the delete temporary files, cookies, etc dialog box up, everytime I close IE?

    Or even better, is there a way to have temporary files, cookies, etc, deleted automatically when I close IE7?

    Thanks, and keep up the good work with IE7. Looking forward to the final release version.

  9. EricLaw [MSFT] says:

    @Erel: I’ve got a toolbar button that will nuke everything when you push it (See the IEToys linked at http://www.enhanceie.com).

    It wouldn’t be too hard to write a plugin that nukes everything on exit, but defining "exit" is a bit tricky, since you need to figure out if closing a single window should nuke everything, if you should wait for the last IE window to close, if you should wait for the last window that uses the IE components to close, etc.

  10. DR_DREW says:

    @EricLaw

    No link at all works. Nothing happens when I click "save target as" because it’s grayed out on the "right-click" context menu….

    Is this not a common issue, then?

    I wondered if it was by design, like some new security feature.

    I can’t think of any particular links, but when I go to a site and it says "right click/save target as to save this file" I do not have the option..

  11. Android Data says:

    Hi. I just made the switch from FireFox to IE7. It seems you guys finally did a good job with IE. I tried out some of the usual bugs you’d find in previous versions of IE and they seem to be all patched successfully. I’ve already set IE7 to my default, but I’m keeping FireFox installed just incase IE7 decides to backstab me.

    So far I’ve only found one bug: I’m Dutch, and one of the menus says "Messen" (which means "Knifes") while it’s supposed to say "Mensen" (which means "People"). Combining the icon of heads of people with the word "knives" makes me realise that you can now kill people using your computer and become an online serial killer! The only question arises: how can I protect myself from such brutal attacks?

  12. supercomputer says:

    Android Data, why <a href="http://www.idealog.us/2006/08/microsoft_drops.html">switch to IE?</a>

  13. Hawk says:

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    1.No Chinese languages

    2.IE7 has some problems when browsing the FTP Files.It cannot display normally

    3.IE7 looks like Firefox or Maxthon

    4.It’s great to support RSS and Feed

    5.It seems the tab has no use although u tick the choice"USe tab to open only"

    6.Other

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  15. Rajas Sambhare says:

    Hi,

    I just installed IE7 Beta 3 and I must say this is a great browser with a very well designed UI. Congratulations!

    I tried to follow the feedback procedure given at http://www.microsoft.com/windows/ie/support/default.mspx but connect.microsoft.com doesn’t seem to have a Internet Explorer 7 connection?

    Any way the bug (or rather loss of functionality) I want to report is this:

    The Ctrl-ScrollWheel short cut to change the text size now zooms instead of changing the text size. This breaks the ability to change text size in other apps which host IE like HTML Help (hh.exe).

    IE6: Could use Ctrl-ScrollWheel to change text size in HTML Help

    IE7 Beta3: Ctrl-ScrollWheel has no effect in HTML Help.

    Is there a workaround that I’m missing?

    Rajas Sambhare

  16. IE developer says:

    Does anybody blog about IE customization?

  17. hAl says:

    Chris Wilsons blog is buggy.

    I cannot submit postings there using IE from work IE6 or at home IE7.

    Rather a poor showing for a blog from the IE program manager.

    Can’t be bothered to redownload FF to post this to him though. Saw someone else had the same problem on his blog and did bother to post it with FF.

  18. 123 says:

    Could someone point me to resources that allow me to create an add-on for Internet Explorer 7?

    Is this even possible for someone with limited programming experience? (I can handle VB to some degree).

  19. Bologna says:

    What is Q4 of the year?

  20. SachinRB says:

    For some odd reason and after a LOT of researching online, I have found a plausible flaw with IE 7 Beta that I am using.

    Any Javascript page, (one for eg: chrisvschris.com), does not load. It gives a generic error message saying: "Object doesn’t support property or method".

    Now the same Javascript page, without making any changes to the script whatsoever, opens and runs perfectly in IE 6 as well as Firefox.

    So IE Developers, any help or assistance on this or will I be the first to put Microsoft IE team at its wit’s end?

    Please respond. Anxious for a fix.

    Thanks.

  21. Peter Gurevich [MS] says:

    Rajas Sambhare

    Thanks for your feedback.  You are not missing anything.  

    In IE 7 our primary method of increasing readability of the page is the zoom feature, which now uses the CTRl+ mousewheel.  We have gotten alot of feedback and requests for changing the text size.  We are looking into better supporting this in our next release.  

    Peter Gurevich

  22. Ed T says:

    I have been using IE 7 beta 3 for about a month and a half, overall I like it very much.  I have found several bugs or things I do not like.

    1.  Favorites, it hides and only shows frequently used, I personally do not like this feature but CAN NOT figure out how to make it not do that…  The "help" it gives you does not point to a specific area and I can not find where to turn this feature off.

    2.  On several forums I am on, they have pop ups, so even though I have google’s pop up blocker enabeled, it still is blocked (realize this is a google problem). However, once I allow the information, it refreshes and looses everything I have written.  After this occured a few times, I usually remember to copy so I can paste (I am 95% sure I have these sites enabled in the privacy / cookie area).

    3.  There are a few other buggy things, but can’t remember, it might be great to have a email link or the like on beta tool bars to report something when it occurs, ala the hey I screwed up and will blame microsoft dialog box that reports problems to MS 😀

    Ed

  23. DR_DREW says:

    @Bologna

    Q4 is 4th quarter… so September-December

  24. Pari says:

    Is there any good developer source for Add on development?

    I searched, MSDN has just a pointer. It looks like it is based on COM and more towards C++.

    Any plans to move it to managed code?

  25. Fduch says:

    No they don’t plan to move to managed code, because if they would move, adware/spyware companies would stop giving them money, cause it would be much harder to break into user systems.

  26. PatriotB says:

    Any plans for Firefox to rewrite itself in Java?  No?  Hmm, I wonder why not…..  

    The "Netscape rewrite" (which led to Firefox) would’ve been a perfect opportunity to showcase how managed code environments such as Java are ideal for performance-critical, complex client applications such as web browsers.

    </sarcasm>

  27. EricLaw [MSFT] says:

    @Fduch: I like managed code too, but it’s not a panacea.  The idea that Microsoft could benefit from adware/spyware is nonsensical.

    @123,@Pari: There are a bunch of resources for developing addons, including some that are managed code, and some that are just Javascript.

    See http://blogs.msdn.com/ie/archive/2005/09/06/461675.aspx for a few pointers.

    @hAl: I’ve notified Chris about the problem on posting comments to his blog.  This is something that a bunch of folks hit when they add Technorati search to their ASP.NET based blog.  (see e.g. http://blogs.borland.com/NickHodges/archive/2006/07/28/26296.aspx)

    The fix is to move the form tags such that they don’t nest (HTML doesn’t permit such nesting).  

    Thanks for the note!

  28. John says:

    Fix the FAVICONS in IE7 ! ! ! !

  29. J Liu says:

    I tried to unistall IE7 Beta 2 to install Beta 3 or IE6 but I can’t, I think this is ridiculous. Please rectify probelm ASAP. Thanks

  30. Terry says:

    John, Microsoft is more likely to "fix" your issue if you 1> Explain exactly what it is, and 2> File a bug.  

    As it is, it’s hard to tell you apart from a random blog spambot.

  31. I have been using IE 7 beta 3 for about a month and a half, overall I like it very much.  I have found several bugs or things I do not like. I think these need to be resolved for Monday for online video discussion.

    This should be discussed for our next meeting on Monday – I will complete an Internet connection test and send you the details, along with the IP addresses and the Internet Capability Mask I used for each connection.

    1.  Favorites, it hides and only shows frequently used, I personally do not like this feature but CAN NOT figure out how to make it not do that…  The "help" it gives you does not point to a specific area and I can not find where to turn this feature off.

    2.  On several forums I am on, they have pop ups, so even though I have google’s pop up blocker enabeled, it still is blocked (realize this is a google problem). However, once I allow the information, it refreshes and looses everything I have written.  After this occured a few times, I usually remember to copy so I can paste (I am 95% sure I have these sites enabled in the privacy / cookie area).

    3.  There are a few other buggy things, but can’t remember, it might be great to have a email link or the like on beta tool bars to report something when it occurs, ala the hey I screwed up and will blame microsoft dialog box that reports problems to MS 😀

  32. Eduardo says:

    CSS… CSS… CSS…

    While CSS is not fixed, my company will still avoid IE at all costs.

  33. Aedrin says:

    "CSS… CSS… CSS…

    While CSS is not fixed, my company will still avoid IE at all costs."

    This is almost akin to saying:

    "I will not live until all diseases are cured/prevented!"

    Microsoft is doing all they can. Web Developers probably make up a very small percentage of all users. If they would release IE7 with only CSS fixes/additions, no one would get it as it wouldn’t improve anything.

    People have gotten by with developing websites for IE6. Which missing CSS feature is so horrendous that a "company" will avoid it all costs. I can’t believe a ‘professional’ would make such a ridiculous statement.

  34. Fduch says:

    Handles, Handles, Handles!!!

    While my system is crashes when 50 about:blank pages are opened

    , /me will still use IE, but /me will always blame MS for this torture.

  35. Trevor says:

    @Aedrin

    You are missing the point.

    Take a deep breath, and read, and think about the big picture.

    (1)

    Issue:

    Developers currently waste an enormous amount of time developing to force IE to behave, the way that the other (spec following) browsers do.

    Result:

    Developers resent developing for IE users, as the pain points cause development delays and testing they would much rather do without.

    (2)

    Issue:

    Modern Code Development, has proven that nice tight, modularized code is the most efficient, and re-useable, thus the best practice in software design.

    When applied to Web page/Web Application design, this means:

    Do not hack every element with style attributes to make it work… but rather use CSS declarations, on the core elements of HTML, to create a generic control structure, for styling entire web sites / web applications in one simple CSS file (hence the beauty and power of CSS)

    Result:

    Well? you see, this works fine, in Firefox, Mozilla, Opera, Safari, Konqueror (and possibly others I haven’t tested) but fails miserably in MSIE.  As a result, developing for IE, is not only frustrating as ____ (see item 1), but actually forces designers to _NOT_ develop in the most efficient way, _JUST_ to overcome glaringly obvious bugs in IE.

    Summary:

    To be brutally honest, if IE garnered a mere 45% of the web browser market, I would drop support for it in applications in a heartbeat… however, since a number more like 85% is currently more valid, I’m forced to support it.  Balmer told us that for Microsoft, its focus was "Developers!, Developers!, Developers!"… What we want to know is, when are developers going to see some efforts made to drastically improve the CSS, so that our lives are easier… which in turn, means our clients (the end users of the Internet/Intranet) [[cough, cough, Microsofts customers]] also happy.

    =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=

    Ps Before you troll this thread, take a minute to reflect on the above.

  36. betabite says:

    hyperlinked text usealy turn purple after clicked on. in the new ie, when in new tab, those visited hyperlinks do NOT turn purple and this disturbs me. please fix!!

    thanks

    e

  37. Christobol says:

    @Trever

    You’re paid big bucks to design web sites.  Stop whining and do your job.  There are much more difficult/strenuous jobs than yours.  I swear, web developers are the whiniest people I’ve ever seen.

  38. Nikita says:

    Make IE7 PORN WEBSITE PROOF!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! STOP THE PORN INDUSTRIES!

  39. pradeep says:

    Please do not refresh the current page when I allow popups for a particular web site by clicking on the information bar. I loose the link I clicked on due to dynamic ads. I know that this is mentioned above. I just want to emphasize it.

  40. Barry says:

    Please Microsoft, fix the favicons

  41. Aedrin says:

    "(1)

    Issue:

    Developers currently waste an enormous amount of time developing to force IE to behave, the way that the other (spec following) browsers do."

    On all websites I’ve developed I spend about 10 minutes getting it to work in IE. And my XHTML/HTML and CSS validate.

    And this is indeed my job, I get paid for it and I enjoy doing it.

    IE’s "problems" are a minor issue and it is being improved as we speak. I fail to see what all the fuss with IE is about? It’s a part of this environment.

    Perhaps the reason I don’t make a fuss about it is that I also do application development which is quite different from website development. I understand how hard it can be to fix bugs/issues with rendering, etc. A lot of other people don’t.

  42. Aedrin says:

    For the record, I don’t use hacks, and I don’t need "style attributes" to make it work. If you do, then you’re missing something.

  43. Fduch says:

    @Aedrin

    You asked for it. SHOW US YOUR WEBSITES!

    P.S.

    .ssilb si ecnarongI

  44. Fduch says:

    @Matrix What’s so *new* in it?

  45. Fduch says:

    Maybe it’s really new!

    Chaecking…..

  46. Ed T says:

    I HATE IT WHEN I TYPE SOMETHING UP AND accidently HIT THE ESC AND EVERYTHING DISAPPEARS…

    Anyway, there are two items that I have noticed in my usuage.

    1. At times I will select a favorite and the dialog (?) box that says the url will then stay on the middle of my screen, no matter what tab I am in.  It will only go away if I close all the tabs.

    2.  When a favorite is no longer a fav, and I go to delete, I click delete and the okay comes up, the okay is not touchable until I go to anyother page, desktop, etc and go back and then it will delete.