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From: "Barry Carlson" <>
Subject: [FreeHelp] Internet Explorer 8
Date: Tue, 17 Mar 2009 22:37:28 +1300
The general "mumble" on the web is indicating that the IE8 RTM (Ready to
Market) version will likely be released on either Friday or Saturday PST.
As I have indicated previously, if you are developing webpages to comply
with the W3C Standard, and they also work satisfactorily in both Firefox 3
and Internet Explorer 7, then the use of the Compatibility Mode Meta tag
will ensure that they will continue to work as you intended.
Including the following in the head section of your page will ensure that
whether or not you are using a <!Doctype> that your page will show as it
normally would in IE7 when viewed in an IE8 browser.
<meta http-equiv="X-UA-Compatible" content="IE=EmulateIE7" />
The best way of achieving this (if you have multiple pages) is to save the
above as a SSI .txt file, say "emulate-ie7.txt" and place on your site.
Then add the following to the head section of each page:-
<!--#include file="emulate-ie7.txt" --> (noting the 'space' between .txt"
All you need to do if IE8 renders your website correctly, is change the
content of the .txt file to:-
<meta http-equiv="X-UA-Compatible" content=" " />
and load to the website.
Hopefully the final release of IE8 will have addressed many of the standards
issues that are known to be outstanding, but until that is confirmed the
answer lies in the Meta tag.