Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 15th Jun 2008 22:40 UTC
Internet Explorer "Internet Explorer 8 is set to be Microsoft's most standards compliant browser ever. After originally stating that IE8 would default to the same non-compliant behavior exhibited by IE7, Microsoft relented and plumped for standard-by-default. The first beta of IE8 was released in March and it did indeed default to standards compliance. Web developers have been clamouring for standards compliance for a long time; IE is a long way behind the competition, requiring considerable hacks and workarounds to get pages working properly. IE8 should make things a lot better - but it will still fall far short of the standards set by Firefox, Safari, and Opera. Some of these problems are technical, but others are cultural. Where the other browser developers are open and communicative, Microsoft is still leaving web developers in the dark."
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I really don't know what that stopwatch program does,

Well from the site...
STOPWATCH can be used to calculate the elapsed time, (in seconds), in a batch file. It does this by redirecting the current time out to a file when the "start" command is given, and then reading that time back in when a "stop" command is given.

Based on this I think you are correct.. it is startup time of the app, how long it takes before it returns for the next batch command. So this in no way tests the loading of the page.

On my laptop (2GB Ram Intel Core2 thing) IE7 was the slowest by far, but that seemed to be it wanting to connected to something else prior to trying to load the file.

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