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Internet Explorer Microsoft has released the first beta release of Internet Explorer 8 just a few moments ago. "Download Internet Explorer 8 Beta 1 and put the web at your service for you and your customers. This beta is aimed at web developers and designers to help them take advantage of new features in Internet Explorer 8 that will enhance their websites. Download the beta version of Internet Explorer 8. Internet Explorer 8 is currently available in English and will soon be available in German and Simplified Chinese. Please continue to monitor this page for updates and availability of other languages."
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RE: IE7 Mode switching....
by gonzo on Thu 6th Mar 2008 06:51 UTC in reply to "IE7 Mode switching...."
gonzo
Member since:
2005-11-10

... requires a restart of all IE instances.


No, it does not. Use Tools -> Developer Tools and then go to View menu.

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RE[2]: IE7 Mode switching....
by Splinter on Thu 6th Mar 2008 07:39 in reply to "RE: IE7 Mode switching...."
Splinter Member since:
2005-07-13

Really... must try that... using the button on the tool bar tells me to restart.

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RE[2]: IE7 Mode switching....
by Splinter on Fri 7th Mar 2008 01:17 in reply to "RE: IE7 Mode switching...."
Splinter Member since:
2005-07-13

Your right... I wonder why the button in the toolbar requires a restart then... strange.

That said the developer tools included are a good step forward and very helpful. The ability to flip your sight between different IE rendering versions is wonderful and reduces the need to have multiple IE's installed.

Does anyone know if the switching also changes the Script handling so that detection scripts get the right answer?

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RE[3]: IE7 Mode switching....
by irbis on Fri 7th Mar 2008 01:56 in reply to "RE[2]: IE7 Mode switching...."
irbis Member since:
2005-07-08

I wonder why the button in the toolbar requires a restart then... strange.

Because that button has different functionality than the mode switching in the Developer Tools. See the Ars Technica review: http://arstechnica.com/reviews/apps/ie8-beta-1-first-look.ars/2

"Pressing the button prompts you to close the browser in its entirety; on resumption, every site you visit will stick in IE7 mode even if they fit the criteria for standards mode. For finer-grained control, you can change the render mode of a page between quirks, IE7, and standards by using IE8's new Developer Tools (by pressing shift-F12). This does not require closing the browser, and it does not change the behavior of any other tab."

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