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Helpful Stuff For IE7? 58

Cycloid Torus asks: "IE7 is with us. It asked to be installed as a Critical Update this morning, so I decided to find out more about what was going on and if there are issues to this new and official piece of Windows XP. I found a site of known IE7 issues to be of use. Are there other sites with solid information which can help the wary from getting charred with this upgrade?"
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Helpful Stuff For IE7?

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  • yes... (Score:2, Funny)

    by xiao_haozi ( 668360 )
    the uninstaller?!? i kid i kid... i am interested to see what kind of run this gives compared to the recent news about ff2 issues, etc. I think if ie7 had some great plugin base it could gain back some of those in the middle ground----
  • Don't update. (Score:2, Interesting)

    by neurosis101 ( 692250 )
    As a web developer, somehow they found a way to make IE7 even worse than IE6.

    All that PR that they had with the IE developer interview here on /. has not convinced ANYONE. He spent the whole time about talking how they listened to developers to determined what they want. Last time I checked I was getting a paycheck and you've done nothing, NOTHING to help.

    Want some examples? One person brought up CSS compliance (I don't care WHICH CSS standard you pick, but pick one for chrissakes) and he said, "oh de
    • Forgive me if you already know this, but I ran across this bit of info a few months back. You can put IE into "standards compliant" mode by using certain doctypes. For instance, this doctype will make IE use the W3C standard box model, where the "width" css property sets the width of the content area (excluding borders and padding):

      <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD XHTML 1.0 Transitional//EN" " al.dtd">

      This makes writing a site that looks great in Fi
      • Does that actually work then? Would be great if it did, but I thought the HTTP content-type header sent by the web server had to tell the browser that it was xhtml, like:
        Content-Type: application/xhtml+xml
        and if it didn't then the DOCTYPE would be ignored. Maybe this now works in IE7, anybody know?
        • by sharkey ( 16670 )
          IE7 still does not support XHTML. You have to send XHTML as text/html to IE, which puts it into quirks mode, IIRC.
          • by Bogtha ( 906264 )

            No, XHTML labelled as text/html still gets rendered in "standards mode", it's just that "standards mode" isn't very, well, standard. It's just slightly better than "quirks mode", which is basically the same as Internet Explorer 5.5.

        • I'm running a site on Tomcat 5.5 with the default configuration. The HTTP response looks like this:

          Content-Type: text/html;charset=ISO-8859-1
          Transfer-Encoding: chunked
          Date: Fri, 03 Nov 2006 19:53:18 GMT

          <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD XHTML 1.0 Transitional//EN" " al.dtd">

          The content type is "text/html", but the DOCTYPE is enough to put at least IE 6 into standards compliant mode. I haven't tested IE 7 or IE 5.x, though.

    • I had IE7RC1 installed and I actually uninstalled it because it was taking me 4 times longer to do any development.

      Have you tried since the RC? It was beta (well, at least not "final") for a reason. :) I had Beta 1 or 2 installed, the next version didn't even run on my PC, but the one after did. :P

      I can live without tabs in IE; if I want to browse the web for personal reading I'll use FF anyway.

      You can disable tabbed browsing in IE7.

      • You can disable tabbed browsing in IE7.
        He didn't say he didn't want tabs; he said that he could live without them, implying that he will use IEv6, which doesn't have tabs.
    • Uhhh.. I'm sorry, but we seem to have read entirely different interviews. Nowhere did he say "developers don't want that", what he said was that Developers wanted fixes to the existing CSS support more than adding new CSS features, but even so they did add a number of new CSS features, again based largely upon developer demand (stuff like min/max-width, etc..)

      Also, IE (even IE6) and FF treat margins and padding exactly the same way in standards mode. So I don't know what you're trying to say.

      As for cachei
    • by Koatdus ( 8206 )

      I can live without tabs in IE; if I want to browse the web for personal reading I'll use FF anyway.

      We have several internal comapany k-bases and wikis and ticket systems that have "quirks" it you use any browser other then IE. I personally don't like IE very much but I have found the perfect solution in the IE Tabs extention for Firefox. I just do my work with Firefox and if I run into an internal page or site that doesn't work or display right I just set that one to use the IE rendering engine. This

  • Consistent CSS... (Score:3, Informative)

    by __aaclcg7560 ( 824291 ) on Friday November 03, 2006 @02:55AM (#16700245)
    I just modified the CSS file for my website [] to fix all the crazy bugs in IE6. Loaded up Vista in a VM to take a look at IE7 and all the bugs are still there. Microsoft could have gotten their CSS support to be consistent between versions, or, better yet, correctly display validated XHMTL like everyone else. Honestly, I wish I could kick IE6/7 goodbye.
    • Re: (Score:3, Informative)

      by moranar ( 632206 )
      Is your doctype strict or transitional? I seem to remember IE 7 will only do "the right thing" if the doctype is stated as strict, so you might want to try that.
  • Try F1. This is the only help available for IE7!
  • by acvh ( 120205 ) <geek@m s c i g a r> on Friday November 03, 2006 @03:43AM (#16700411) Homepage
    "The user will see a large window advising that IE7 is available to install, and the user will have three choices; install, don't Install, or install later."

    I installed XP tonight and when I checked for updates there was, in the midst of 60 or so others, an IE7 entry. I unchecked it and was told that I had disabled a "critical update" and was advised to reenable it. I didn't, so I don't know if there would have been this other option he mentioned.
    • After it downloads the IE7 update, regardless of how many other updates you install, it pops up a window. So, in this instance, the article or wherever you got that is correct.
      • by acvh ( 120205 )
        "After it downloads the IE7 update, regardless of how many other updates you install, it pops up a window. So, in this instance, the article or wherever you got that is correct."

        thank you
  • Well I hope IE7 has some kind of extensions as Firefox/SeaMonkey has. Then it would be possible to build one which loads Java script frameworks (e.g. Dojo toolkit, configurable) in the background before it's needed by a page. Sure I hope Firefox/SeaMonkey is faster in implementing such a feature yet it only makes sense if the vast majority of users have such a feature. IMO this kind of background loading of frameworks is the missing piece for a broad use of AJAX.

    Tim Berners-Lee ( []
    • so you think it would be more secure to have tags that anyone could see with view->source describing the content of your database?

      Remind me to look at your sites credit card information database if you ever implement it.

      JSTL has a series of sql tags which even the offical documentation recommends you dont use them apart for the most simple throw it together wireframe type thing.

      There is a reason for separating all this sort of stuff out you know.
  • It's been released as an Update Rollup not a Critical Update, so it's not being 'force-fed'.
  • I mentioned this in yesterday's post, and will mention it again here:
    IE7 ONLY shows up on the Windows Updates if you have installed an alpha or beta of it. If you are still running IE6, it does not force IE7 on you. We tested this here in our IT department after I noticed that my automatic update at home installed it.
    • by theguru ( 70699 )
      Sorry, not true. I've got a virgin machine here in my testing lab, with a fresh XP SP2 install, and boom, here comes IE7.
    • by EMR ( 13768 )
      Are you sure you (or someone else) didn't install the IE7 blocker? As I know it shows up in the windows update website, but since I disabled the *critical install* in my office network it will not be pushed through automatic updates (and it actually worked!!) However I know several employees HAVE seen IE7 push itself through via the critical updates yesterday (and these are people who wouldn't touch IE unless forced to, which I forced one to at the office so I could bugtest the webapp). so it IS pushing i
    • by Morlark ( 814687 )
      Mmm, interesting... I had a beta of IE7 at some point. I say had, because it managed to uninstall itself without telling me. Ah well, I don't imagine I'm missing much.
    • I have never installed IE6, yet IE 7 showed up as a critical update.

      I suspsect the reason is that the IE7 installation process makes you validate Windows, which other criticals haven't done.
  • IE7 is a hell of a lot better in ui and in functionality then ie6, and beats out Mozilla's current bloat (firefox evangelist versions .2-.8) but I still am using opera as my main browser.

Logic is the chastity belt of the mind!