IE 8 and IE 9 incompatibility: Thousands of sites are failing

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Last month Microsoft warned developers they "may" experience problems with IE8 and IE9 incompatibility:

 

"Some Web sites may not be displayed correctly or work correctly in Windows Internet Explorer 8 or in Windows Internet Explorer 9 Beta. This problem does not occur in earlier versions of Internet Explorer, and the affected Web sites continue to be displayed correctly and to work correctly in Windows Internet Explorer 7."

According to Microsoft: 

  1. Menus, images, or text are in the wrong positions on some Web sites.
  2. Some Web site features do not work.
  3. You receive script error messages on some Web sites.
  4. Internet Explorer stops working or crashes on some Web sites.

Even Microsoft's own site has a fudge to workaround the IE8/9 incomatibility issues. It uses the following tag to force IE7 compatibilty:

<meta http-equiv="X-UA-Compatible" content="IE=EmulateIE7" /><meta http-equiv="X-UA-Compatible" content="IE=EmulateIE7" />

According to some expert, there are literally thousands of web-based applications and web sites, that will fail to render correctly in IE8 and IE9. Microsoft's own list for IE9 lists over 1111 sites including:

youtube.com
yell.com
wsj.com
vodafone.co.uk
ups.com
ulsterbankanytimebanking.co.uk
tomtom.com
theaa.com
national-lottery.co.uk
garmin.com
fujitsu.com
etrade.com
dailymail.co.uk
citibank.com
britishairways.com
bbc.co.uk

For more info please look at: http://blogs.msdn.com/b/ie/archive/2008/06/10/introducing-ie-emulateie7.aspx and http://blogs.msdn.com/b/askie/archive/2009/03/23/understanding-compatibility-modes-in-internet-explorer-8.aspx.

 

3 Comments

Purely inflammatory. I went to every website that you listed and poked around a bit. They all display just fine in IE9.

What are you listing here? Most of the sites you listed work just fine with IE 9 beta. Plesae do some sanity checking before writing stuff online.

I'm writing this from an iPad, so no Microsoft groupie. I am just a well rounded geek.

Please do us all a favor and stop writing crap like this. Now we'll have other tech ignorant people like yourself saying YouTube won't work on IE9. It's the blind leading the blind.

It would have taken 5 minutes to test this yourself.

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