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

Wednesday, October 18th, 2006

IE 7 Released

Category: Announcements, Browsers, IE

If you have not been playing with an early release to test your sites, maybe now is the time. IE 7 has been released to the wild and you can download it here. The first word came from the IEBlog: Today we released Internet Explorer 7 for Windows XP. I encourage everyone to download the final Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 10:34 pm

3.7 rating from 19 votes

Tuesday, October 17th, 2006

DOM Helper: IE Inline CSS Editor

Category: CSS, IE, Utility

Rhys Jeremiah created DOM Helper, an inline CSS editor for Internet Explorer: Well I’ve finally got round to producing the inline CSS editor that I wanted to do in the first place. The first stab, was in C++ and although it worked, it was a complete nightmare. It didn’t allow you to alter CSS files Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 7:53 am

4.3 rating from 25 votes

Monday, October 2nd, 2006

IEs 4 Linux: Internet Explorer 6, 5.5, 5 on Linux

Category: IE

Sérgio Luís Lopes Júnior has created IEs 4 Linux, a package that gives you Internet Explorer 6, 5.5, 5 on Linux, so you can test with those browsers in development. How does it work? IEs4Linux downloads localized IE6 CAB files from Microsoft site. Using cabextract we get all files needed and copy them to a Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 7:35 am

4.2 rating from 33 votes

Tuesday, September 26th, 2006

No More IE6 Background Flicker

Category: CSS, IE, Tip

Have you been bugged by IE background flicker? Cristi Balan talked about the issue and the solution: < View plain text > css html {   filter: expression(document.execCommand("BackgroundImageCache", false, true)); } Cristi links to a blog posting by Dan Popa, who discovered the IE6 background image flicker fix. And while you’re on Dan’s site, check Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 8:55 am

4 rating from 74 votes

Saturday, September 16th, 2006

Microsoft JavaScript Perf. Tips

Category: IE, JavaScript

Peter Gurevich and Justin Rogers from Microsoft’s IE team recently wrote a blog entitled “IE + JavaScript Performance Recommendations – Part 1“. It’s an interesting read, containing such tips as: Precede your variables with var if you are truly defining them in the current scope Cache Variables Whenever Possible Cache Function Pointers at all costs Read the rest…

Posted by Ben Galbraith at 10:56 am

3.4 rating from 32 votes

Wednesday, September 13th, 2006

Dramatically improved IE7 JavaScript performance

Category: IE, JavaScript

Sebastian Werner has posted some good news over on the QooXdoo blog today – that the Javascript performance of the upcoming Internet Explorer 7 has been greatly increased. Really good news. My vocabulary may to be too limited to tell you how great the latest changes in IE7 RC1 are. Microsoft announced that they have Read the rest…

Posted by Chris Cornutt at 8:37 am

4 rating from 34 votes

Ajax IE Caching Issue

Category: Ajax, IE

David Arthur, like many, has had problems with the caching issue that Internet Explorer seems to have with Ajax connections: If you’ve been working with the Ajax framework long enough, i’m sure you’ve run into at least a few speed bumps thanks to Internet Explorer. Not a day goes by that i don’t have to Read the rest…

Posted by Chris Cornutt at 8:25 am

3.8 rating from 159 votes

Thursday, August 24th, 2006

IE7 CSS Changes

Category: IE

The IE Team has posted more details on the IE7 CSS changes so we can all get prepared: We are currently locking down IE7 for shipping and I wanted to give an update on the CSS work that went into IE7. Chris originally outlined our plans for IE7, and we listened to a lot of Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 10:14 am

4.1 rating from 16 votes

Tuesday, August 15th, 2006

IE 7: Are transparent PNGs using Native support?

Category: Browsers, IE

There was a big hubbub when we found out that IE 7’s XHR support isn’t really native. Jose Jeria did some poking around to see if transparent PNG support is native or not: While developing an intranet for IE 6 only (yes, trust me, it sucks) I noticed that it was not possible to combine Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 11:39 am

4 rating from 43 votes

Friday, August 4th, 2006

How To Load And Parse XML Data Without ActiveX

Category: IE, Programming

In this post from Dean Edwards, he quickly shows off a feature of Internet Explorer that could replace the use of ActiveX for XML communication – XML data islands. A little known but cool feature of Internet Explorer is it’s support for XML data islands. Basically, you can embed some XML data in a page Read the rest…

Posted by Chris Cornutt at 8:12 am

3.6 rating from 37 votes

Tuesday, August 1st, 2006

BJAX with Greasemonkey in Firefox and IE

Category: Examples, Firefox, IE

On the heels of my post about BJAX (Browser Extensions plus AJAX), I received a flood of requests asking for an example of how to build such an extension. In response, I’ve put together a Greasemonkey script that demonstrates how to add a simple Ajax widget to a third party web page. The example isn’t Read the rest…

Posted by Dietrich Kappe at 9:07 am

3.9 rating from 24 votes

Monday, July 31st, 2006

IE 7 Distributed in Windows Update

Category: Browsers, IE

The IE 7 team just let us know that IE7 is to be distributed via Automatic Updates!: As we get close to the final availability of Internet Explorer 7, I want to provide an update on our distribution plans. To help our customers become more secure and up-to-date, we will distribute IE7 as a high-priority Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 12:08 pm

3.4 rating from 30 votes

Friday, July 28th, 2006

IE7 XMLHttpRequest – Native or Not?

Category: IE, XmlHttpRequest

MS announced this week that IE7 will be pushed as a high-priority update, so we can expect it to be popular pretty quickly. Reader Shawn Lauriat brought our attention to the question: How native is IE7’s XMLHttpRequest? The IE team have promoted the new IE7 as including native XMLHttpRequest. This is the case, insofar as Read the rest…

Posted by Michael Mahemoff at 2:42 pm

4.1 rating from 51 votes

Thursday, July 20th, 2006

XMLHttpRequest Case-Sensitive in IE7

Category: IE, XmlHttpRequest

Sleepyhead has posted a quick note about the XMLHttpRequest support in Internet Explorer 7, some bad news – it’s case-sensitive. The native XMLHttpRequest object in IE7 is case-sensitive. This is no big surprise – however that was not the case with the XMLHttpRequest active-x object in earlier versions of IE. So if you have old Read the rest…

Posted by Chris Cornutt at 6:59 am

3.6 rating from 37 votes

Tuesday, June 6th, 2006

IFrame + Script Tags = Portable Comet

Category: Comet, Examples, IE, Office, XmlHttpRequest

In a recent post, I explain the difficulties of Comet (Streaming/Push) in IE. IE makes it difficult for two reasons: (a) IE’s XMLHttpRequest component doesn’t tell you anything about the response until the connection has closed – even if you try polling it instead of relying on onReadyStateChange, you’ll still get an empty string (Try Read the rest…

Posted by Michael Mahemoff at 4:33 pm

3.9 rating from 63 votes

Ajax on IE 7: Check native first

Category: IE, Tip

I would hasten a guess that there is a lot of code out there that starts off with: < View plain text > javascript /*@cc_on         @if (@_jscript_version >= 5)                 try {                         Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 8:55 am

3.6 rating from 37 votes