Mar 24

Internet Explorer 9 Reaches 2.3 Million Downloads In 24 Hours

Microsoft announced today their latest version of Internet Explorer reached 2.3 million downloads in 24 hours. Will IE9 be the catalyst to allow Microsoft to gain some ground back in market share?

The past few years, IE has steadily lost ground to the likes of Mozilla’s Firefox and Google Chrome. In 2007, IE controlled 80% of the market. The latest reports have them sitting at 57%.

Simplistic interfaces, faster load times, better security, have all been reasons behind IE losing ground. It appears Microsoft has remedied many of these problems, and reviews have pointed out these improvements.

PCMagazine gave IE9 a 4/5 rating, saying this of the browser, “Microsoft’s new browser is faster, trimmer, more compliant with HTML5—a major improvement over its predecessor. It also brings some unique capabilities like tab-pinning and hardware acceleration, but only Windows 7 and Vista users need apply.

Unfortunately I’m unable to provide my own thoughts as I’m on a Mac computer at this time. If you have a Windows computer and use XP, you’ll be left out in the cold as well. Continue reading

Mar 14

A New Way to Trigger hasLayout on Elements in Older Versions of IE?

I’ll be the first to admit that I haven’t given this too much thought, so I admit there could be some drawbacks I haven’t considered, but I thought I’d throw the idea out there and see what my readers think.

Suppose we have an element that, for design and flexibility purposes, has no set width, and no set height. But obviously it has content, so in most browsers it expands to hold its content. We want that element to have a linear gradient background using CSS3, and we add a Microsoft proprietary filter to cover all versions of IE.

Here’s the element, demoed live on the page, with the aforementioned characteristics:

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In every browser except IE6 and IE7, the above box should appear just fine with its gradient background. In IE6 and IE7, it looks like this: Continue reading