News and updates about the latest add-ons, and plug-ins for Internet Explorer, Microsoft's web browser.

Monday, December 8th, 2008

The IE 6 Equation. Finally some math to mask the pain

Category: Browsers, IE

That is the equation that Jeremy Keith shares with us on his article for this years 24ways. He is discussing IE6, which he sets to the variable of $web_designer_nemesis (variable used to equal NN4). He looks at the sliding scale of support for the browser: Block IE6 users from your site. Develop with web standards Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 1:59 am

3.5 rating from 32 votes

Monday, October 27th, 2008

Not Possible to Use IE’s Web Slice Icon In Other Browsers

Category: IE, Microsoft

Update: Jane Kim from Microsoft posted a message about this issue: Hey folks, we created the guidelines with this scenario in mind – we definitely want to support applications using the icon to indicate Web Slice content. We will update the documentation to make this clearer. Thanks! – Jane Kim [MSFT] Thanks for clarifying things Read the rest…

Posted by Brad Neuberg at 9:00 am

2.8 rating from 48 votes

Wednesday, October 22nd, 2008

Fixing Loss of Focus on IE

Category: IE, JavaScript

Continuing with SitePen stories for today, Dustin Machi posted a short but interesting piece on how to detect loss of focus on IE6. So your cool new app is perfect, but you want it to lock the user out when the browser hasn’t had focus after 15 minutes? Well that’s easy you think, I’ll just Read the rest…

Posted by Ben Galbraith at 8:00 am

3.5 rating from 26 votes

Tuesday, October 21st, 2008

CSS Expressions are no more in IE 8 standards mode

Category: Browsers, IE

< View plain text > css div.title { background-color: expression( (new Date()).getHours()%2 ? "#B8D4FF" : "#F08A00" ); } The CSS expressions of old will no longer work in IE 8. Whenever a feature goes away in IE, Ajax hackers get worried, as many hacks rely on quirks or proprietary features of the browser. Why did Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 6:32 am

4 rating from 26 votes

Friday, October 10th, 2008

IE8 and Standards

Category: Browsers, IE

Anne van Kesteren of Opera Software has updated his post on IE 8 to cover beta 2: XDomainRequest: Microsoft unfortunately continues with XDomainRequest rather than making changes to XMLHttpRequest as other browsers are doing and as is being standardized by the W3C Web Apps Working Group. (Disclaimer: I am the editor of XMLHttpRequest Level 2.) Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 5:26 am

2.4 rating from 35 votes

Tuesday, October 7th, 2008

IE 8 beta 2 Ajax features

Category: Browsers, IE

Sunava Dutta has detailed the enhancements made to IE 8 beta 2 for Ajax developers including XDR, XDM/postMessage, DOM Storage, offline detection, and more. A lot of great stuff! XDomainRequest (XDR) This is an object built from the ground up to make client-side cross-domain calls secure and easy. To reduce the chances of inadvertent cross Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 7:53 am

3.2 rating from 54 votes

Wednesday, September 24th, 2008

Ex DOM Storage gives us hope for IE 6+

Category: Browsers, IE

Toru Yamaguchi has built a very cool shim, ExDOMStorage, which implements the HTML 5 DOM Storage API for IE 6 and 7. It does so by strapping in the functionality via an HTC behaviour: < View plain text > javascript (function() {    if (window["localStorage"] && window["sessionStorage"])      return;      with({ nodeSet: document.getElementsByTagName("script"), Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 7:38 am

3.2 rating from 31 votes

Wednesday, September 3rd, 2008

Adding Custom Tags To Internet Explorer, The Official Way

Category: Browsers, HTML, IE

There have been some clever tricks to create new custom tags in Internet Explorer, such as the createElement trick. However, I never realized that Internet Explorer itself provides a facility to define new tags in the markup and have them styled, since Internet Explorer 5! Some details from the MSDN documentation on this feature, titled Read the rest…

Posted by Brad Neuberg at 1:30 pm

2.6 rating from 27 votes

Tuesday, September 2nd, 2008

toStaticHTML: Sanitize your HTML in IE 8

Category: IE, JavaScript

The IE 8 beta has a new method, toStaticHTML that sanitizes HTML strings by removing dHTML elements and attributes from an HTML fragment. The example they give is: < View plain text > HTML <script type="text/javascript"> function sanitize() {     var szInput = myDiv.innerHTML;     var szStaticHTML = toStaticHTML(szInput);     ResultComment = Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 7:51 am

3.8 rating from 12 votes

Wednesday, August 27th, 2008

Internet Explorer 8 Beta 2 and Web Standards

Category: Announcements, Browsers, IE

Internet Explorer 8 Beta 2 was released today. There are several cool UI enhancements that this beta brings to the table that I won’t cover in this post, but you can learn more about them on the IEBlog. Instead, I want to talk about how beta 2 affects IE’s relationship to web standards. First, CSS Read the rest…

Posted by Brad Neuberg at 5:59 pm

2.3 rating from 33 votes

Monday, August 18th, 2008

Transformie: Implement WebKit CSS transforms in IE

Category: CSS, IE, jQuery

Paul Bakaus, or jQuery UI fame, has created a nice little hack to implement WebKit CSS transforms in IE When you include the library, it can scan for your -webkit-transform-* transforms (soon to support the standard transform-*) and will go to work for you using a couple of nifty technologies all put together: IE Filters Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 7:43 am

3.6 rating from 35 votes

Tuesday, August 12th, 2008

mtjs_iepnghandler: more PNG support for IE 6

Category: IE

Micah Tischler wasn’t happy with the variety of approaches for allowing transparent PNG support in IE 6, so he continued his work with mtjs_iepnghandler which intelligently provides true background repeat functionality for transparent PNGs as well as full positioning. In this script image tags are supported, both with and without a blank spacer GIF, and Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 5:47 am

3.4 rating from 31 votes

Thursday, July 31st, 2008

IE 8 and the User Features

Category: Browsers, IE

The first main play for IE 8 was to get developers on board, and start a conversation with us on what they are fixing, and where they are going. There were a couple of user features such as Activities and Web Slices, but you could tell they hadn’t finished there. In their latest blog post Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 9:27 am

3.4 rating from 22 votes

Tuesday, July 22nd, 2008

Pondering Support of IE6

Category: IE

If there’s a single experience that bonds all Web developers, it is the incomprehensible joy of wasting hours of our lives supporting IE6. The quasi-palindromic Dionysios Synodinos (alright, it’s pretty far from reversible, but there’s got to be a good anagram in there) over at InfoQ has put together a fun piece discussing wither IE6. Read the rest…

Posted by Ben Galbraith at 7:00 am

4.5 rating from 36 votes

Thursday, July 17th, 2008

IEPNGFix 2: Now supports CSS background position and repeat

Category: CSS, IE

Ah the age old IEPNGFix solution to the problem that we had with IE 5.5 / 6.0 not supporting alpha transparency. The first IEPNGFix solved the problem: This script adds near-native PNG support with alpha opacity to IE 5.5 and 6. Now you can have full translucency and no more ugly grey borders! It requires Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 4:20 am

4.5 rating from 42 votes

Wednesday, July 16th, 2008

IE8 HTML 5 Ajax Page Navigations

Category: HTML, IE, Standards

Sharath Udupa, an IE developer at Microsoft has posted on the IE 8 page navigations feature: In IE8 mode, we provide support for script to update the travel log components (for e.g. back/forward buttons, address bar) to reflect client-side updates to documents. This allows a better user experience where users can navigate back and forth Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 7:06 am

3.7 rating from 26 votes