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Entries published on January 28, 2008

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X-No-Thanks

Last week I spent some time dissecting what, I believe, is the reason behind the announcement that Windows Internet Explorer (née “Microsoft Internet Explorer”) will, as of version 8, include the ability to emulate previous versions of its rendering engine and, in addition, will default to emulating IE 7 when no version is specified (with the exception of HTML 5, which reputedly will trigger a genuine “standards mode” in IE 8).

At the time, I was only concerned with analyzing why Microsoft has chosen this route; I was mostly thinking out loud and trying to determine the causes behind this unexpected shift in IE’s policy toward compatibility and standards compliance, and held off expressing any judgment of its merits, largely because I simply hadn’t had enough time to think about it.

Over the course of the weekend I spent quite a bit of time letting this percolate in …

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