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

Tuesday, December 18th, 2007

JScript 5.7: Fixing IE6

Category: IE, Performance, Tip

Erik Arvidsson lets us know about the JScript 5.7 patch that is zooming out to IE6 users: The JScript 5.7 patch is now being pushed to an IE6 computer near you… IE6 uses Jscript 5.6 which has some serious design flaws when it comes to garbage collections. This by itself prevented us from releasing Gmail Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 7:53 am

4.2 rating from 42 votes

W3C CSS Grid Positioning

Category: CSS, IE, Microsoft

Dimitri Glazkov has made a prediction that we will see CSS Grid Positioning in IE 8. This would make a lot of sense due to the fact that: Alex Mogilevsky, and Markus Mielke, of Microsoft wrote the spec If Microsoft comes out with a browser that goes above and beyond, they will be able to Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 6:38 am

3.7 rating from 55 votes

Wednesday, December 12th, 2007

window.createPopup leaks 80KB in IE 7

Category: IE

Frederico Caldeira Knabben, project manager of the FCK Editor, has been fighting some memory issues and found a new leak: We at FCKeditor are constantly fighting against memory leak. We have already fixed several related issues, but we were still facing an expressive memory leak with IE7. With some intuition, we were able to reduce Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 5:49 am

4.4 rating from 32 votes

Thursday, December 6th, 2007

Conversation with Bill Gates about IE8 and Microsoft Transparency

Category: IE

Molly Holzschlag got a chance to talk directly to Bill Gates about IE 8. Here is my revised and edited version of the conversation: MOLLY: Why the hell aren’t we able to talk about IE 8? BILL: I’ll have to ask Dean what the hell is going on. MOLLY: I do realize that there is Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 12:04 pm

4.2 rating from 36 votes

Wednesday, December 5th, 2007

IE.Next has a new name…. IE8

Category: IE

After hundreds of man months, the marketing team behind IE has come up with a name (which has been holding back the product). They looked at: IE 7+1 IE VIII IE 1000 (think binary) IE Eight! iIE IE for Web 2.0 (Service Pack 2) IE Desktop Online Web Browser Live Professional Ultimate Edition for the Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 7:56 pm

3 rating from 42 votes

Tuesday, December 4th, 2007

IE 7: One year later, and no infomation on 8

Category: Browsers, IE

The IE team has posted on the one year anniversary of IE 7: It’s been a little over a year since we released IE7 on Windows XP and for Windows Vista, so I thought it would be worthwhile to talk about where we are after the year. According to internal Microsoft research based on data Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 6:41 am

2.9 rating from 35 votes

Tuesday, November 20th, 2007

HTTP Streaming and Internet Explorer

Category: Comet, IE

Michael Carter wrote about the trials and tribulations of getting HTTP streaming with IE. He knew that the htmlfile ActiveX object was the key, but kept getting errors. Then he stumbled on the solution: We happen to be in luck. Changing JavaScript variables, including Array functions, seems okay as far as the gods of htmlfile Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 7:36 am
1 Comment

2.8 rating from 42 votes

Tuesday, November 13th, 2007

DebugBar 5: New CSS debugging for IE

Category: CSS, Debugging, IE

Jean-Fabrice Rabaute, author of Companion.JS, has put out a new DebugBar as he aims to get IE developer tools on par to Firebug. In this new version, on a selected element in the DOM Tree, the DebugBar can now display source code, applied style (with css details), computed style, layout, and attributes.

Posted by Dion Almaer at 5:46 am

4.2 rating from 47 votes

Monday, November 12th, 2007

Get rid of the IE iframe “click”

Category: IE, JavaScript, Tip

I am sure you have run into this before. You are on a site, interacting with a single page app, and then you hit the back button and IE clicks at you. The navigation “click” happens with iframes, and be a nuisance if you are trying to use iframes in a non-navigational way. Julien Lecomte Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 7:33 am

4.1 rating from 30 votes

Friday, November 9th, 2007

No more “Click to Activate”, no more SWFObject / UFO?

Category: IE

Pete LePage has posted on the IE blog about the change to component activation in IE. Microsoft licensed the silliness from Eolas, which now means that you don’t have to click to activate a component anymore. Previously, people were getting around that by using SWFObject or UFO, but shortly you will be able to just Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 11:48 am

3.7 rating from 33 votes

Monday, November 5th, 2007

URI Comparison Functions

Category: Articles, IE

It is nice to see a post on IEBlog that isn’t about ES4 ;) Dave Risney provides just that as he details the perils of comparing URIs, a common cause for security exploits and errors in general. Investigating URI parsing related issues in various products, I’ve run across many instances of code erroneously attempting to Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 7:30 am

2.6 rating from 11 votes

Monday, September 24th, 2007

IE Feedback: Closed for Business

Category: IE

Say no more?

Posted by Dion Almaer at 12:43 am

2.9 rating from 26 votes

Thursday, September 20th, 2007

IE6 Leak on Form Tag

Category: IE

Jon Sykes happened across another IE 6 leak to do with form tag orphans. The bug means that (as of yet) there seems to be no way of removing a FORM tag from the DOM without it resulting in an orphaned node and increased memory consumption. It seems to have minimal documentation, and I can’t Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 5:38 am

4.2 rating from 30 votes

Tuesday, September 18th, 2007

IE’s Memory Leak Fix Greatly Exaggerated

Category: IE

We were all hoping that IE’s memory leaks were fixed, but Joel Webber of the GWT team dug deeper . At first he was excited of course: When I saw this article, I nearly spilled tea all over the keyboard. They really fixed this issue? You mean I can untangle all the painful code in Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 9:56 am

4 rating from 46 votes

Friday, August 17th, 2007

Fixing GC issues on IE 6: New IE download

Category: IE, Microsoft

The issues with garbage collection in IE 6 are well known. IE 7 has fixed the bulk of them, but what about IE 6 users? It turns out that Microsoft has downloads for the various Windows operating systems, so if you could get your users to install one of these puppies they would be a Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 3:47 pm

2 rating from 140 votes

Wednesday, August 15th, 2007

Good Practices for ActiveX Updates

Category: IE

Over on the IEBlog they are chatting about Good Practices for ActiveX Updates. They came up with: Add detection logic to your ActiveX control to check for updates Build an update executable and launch it out of Protected Mode to install the update Give end users and IT Admins the choice to make updates The Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 5:30 am

1.8 rating from 44 votes