The RSS Platform IE8 User-Agent String


Hello! Just a quick note on some important information just posted to the RSS team blog. The RSS platform is introducing an updated User-Agent string for use with Internet Explorer 8. Check out the details in Walter’s latest post.

Kristen Kibble
Program Manager

Comments (17)

  1. Are more hacks needed for RSS now? says:

    Do we need a <meta http-equiv="X-UA-Compatible" content="WinRSS=2.0" /> in rss xml file?

  2. Sitepoint has an article out now indicating that the "super standards" mode in IE8 does actually apply to JavaScript/DOM stuff too.

    http://www.sitepoint.com/blogs/2008/02/28/ie8-version-targeting-microsoft-considers-feedback/

    Is this true, can someone confirm this?

    I certainly hope it is as it has driven us nuts for years that this crud wasn’t fixed yet.

    TIA.

  3. Mephiles says:

    @Are more hacks needed for RSS now?

    No. You don’t need that.

  4. In regards to marketing would really appreciate knowing if my feed is being viewed as a subscription or not! The same thing applies for direct requests versus bookmarks/favorites. If you add this stuff you’ll win many people over because I don’t think Firefox, Opera, or Safari pass such information in any way.

  5. I didn’t read the RSS post clearly enough, the RSS useragent is used only when the person is subscribed. It would be nice to have "favorite" useragent for visitors who visit our sites if they clicked a favorite. ;-)

  6. Webdesign says:

    Yeah! No need for RSS hacks anymore!

    Sitepoint has an article out now indicating that the "super standards" mode in IE8 does actually apply to JavaScript/DOM stuff too.

    http://www.sitepoint.com/blogs/2008/02/28/ie8-version-targeting-microsoft-considers-feedback/

  7. Fiery "Starks" Kitsune says:

    This is clearly another example of the IE team needlessly creating extensions to well-defined standards in order to capture marketshare.

  8. Ted says:

    @Fiery: Nice to see you back.  It’s far from "clear" what exactly you’re complaining about?  Are you saying that the user-agent string is somehow an extension to a standard?

  9. AC says:

    @Fiery "Starks" Kitsune

    Could you have the webstandards board create something and make it a standard so we can move the web forward and not hold back? Thanks.

  10. Yahoo says:

    Yahoo! – Since Mix 08 is this week (Wed-Fri) that means that later this week we’ll get news that they could have told us last week!

    Yeaaaaahahahahahah!

  11. funny says:

    Runny, how three out of four IE8 posts ever are about browser detection, namely the ugly web-fragmenting IE-8 mode switch, the new IE8 browser version string and yet another browser version string for IE8/RSS.

    Looks like IE8 will really be about seemless interoperability…

  12. more hacks for RSS? says:

    Somebody asked

    "Do we need a <meta http-equiv="X-UA-Compatible" content="WinRSS=2.0" /> in rss xml file?"

    If the IE8 HTML switch is a success, then probably at latest with IE9 we will get exactly such a thing.

  13. Vilius Šumskas says:

    @Fiery:

    this has nothing to do with web standards.

  14. jun says:

    don’t even bother releasing IE8 if you can’t install it alongside IE7.

  15. gabe says:

    this is perhaps the best news ive heard on this blog since the first announcement of ie7 being worked on

  16. Webdesign says:

    This is clearly another example of the IE team needlessly creating extensions to well-defined standards in order to capture marketshare.