Posted Feb 15, 2005 in Browsers.

In a keynote address at this year's RSA conference, Bill Gates revealed plans for a new standalone version of Internet Explorer. It appears that the new release will mainly be focused on upgrading security features. The Internet Explorer weblog reveals more details:

...we're committing to deliver a new version of Internet Explorer for Windows XP customers. Betas of IE7 will be available this summer. This new release will build on the work we did in Windows XP SP2 and (among other things) go further to defend users from phishing as well as deceptive or malicious software.

Unfortunately, there is no mention of whether or not the new version will offer more support for web standards. Internet Explorer's handling of CSS and PNGs is in particular need of attention, but better support for XHTML would also be welcome. It seems likely, however, that changes will be limited to security and user interface features.


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    PNG support would be so nice. IE is the main reason people still use GIF when PNG would be so much better. I like what you've done on this site with the si-blog logo, but adding a PNG image should be much simpler than that.

    Posted by Andrea Piernock Barrish on Feb 15, 2005.

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    I have considered using conditional comments to feed Internet Explorer with a slightly modified style sheet, so that I can take advantage of the PNG filter. That way, I wouldn't have to worry about making GIF versions of things.

    As far as IE7 is concerned, it is unlikely that will be any changes that interest us. By the time the full version is released, Longhorn will probably be with us anyway. Even if it WAS everything we hoped for, we would still have to keep on supporting IE6 (and even 5.x) for some time to come. Sigh.

    Posted by Simon Jessey on Feb 15, 2005.

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    We do not need "better support"; we need support. As we all know, they currently do not support XHTML. Please do not spread myths on the web like that ;-)

    Posted by Anne on Feb 16, 2005.

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    To Anne: As always, Anne, you adopt the strictest of interpretations!

    To everyone else: Anne is quite correct, however. The current version of Internet Explorer has NO support for XHTML whatsoever. I would argue that "no support" is better than "buggy support". If the IE team decide to provide support XHTML, they must do so completely.

    Posted by Simon Jessey on Feb 16, 2005.