[development] What does IE8 mean for Drupal?

Tony Yarusso tonyyarusso at gmail.com
Thu Jan 24 03:54:46 UTC 2008

On Jan 23, 2008 9:32 PM, Khalid Baheyeldin <kb at 2bits.com> wrote:

> On Jan 23, 2008 9:47 PM, Rowan Wigginton <rowanw at aspedia.net> wrote:
> > Do you think the changes announced [1] by Microsoft could have a
> > significant impact on Drupal's (or any CMS's) progress?
> >
> > [1]
> > http://blogs.msdn.com/ie/archive/2008/01/21/compatibility-and-ie8.aspx
> >
> IE8 has several modes. By default, it behaves like IE6/IE7 (Quirks).
> For one to make a site standards compliant, for IE8, we have to include
> a proprietary meta tag.
> The reason Microsoft is doing that, is not to break the many pages people
> wrote for its defective browsers. So, it makes "standard" behavior an
> opt-in
> thing.
> See details here (specially in comments market +4 or more):
> http://it.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=08/01/22/1837244
> http://developers.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=08/01/23/1740228
> For core, I don't see a reason for any change.
> Your theme can add that tag, conditionally depending on what browser it
> detects.
> There is the nodewords module which can add metas, but not sure if it can
> do it
> conditionally. There used to be a module for browser detection too.
> --
> Khalid M. Baheyeldin
> 2bits.com, Inc.
> http://2bits.com
> Drupal optimization, development, customization and consulting.

Am I correct in believing that other browsers choose the display mode based
on the DOCTYPE?

I'm not a decision-maker in this group, but heartily against any IE-specific
changes in Drupal personally.

Tony Yarusso
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