Our ramblings about website design and other things

Posts tagged: ie

Browser Compatibility

When we produce a new website for a client we make a big effort to ensure cross browser compatibility but what ever we do there are always small differences fo the appearance of a site depending upon the users viewing environment.

It is a continual battle (we use the choice of battle deliberately) to ensure current compatibility and backwards compatibility but the big question is how far do you go back with testing.

We see that WordPress have taken the step of announcing the ending of support forĀ  Internet Explorer versions 8, 9 and 10 starting with the WP release 4.8

To us this makes sense, we wish that all users only used the latest browsers in their environment but there are many ranging reasons why users have no upgraded their browser from lack of knowledge, possible cost implications to working in a situation where there are locked down sue to administrator control.

The full story can be viewed over on the WordPress blog

Internet Explorer Versions

We are not great fans of Internet Explorer, which is the case with the vast majority of the web development community, however we always test with it as there are still many users.

For a recent project we had to try and connect to some old legacy sites that blocked access to later versions of IE, we have some old machines with earlier versions of windows running but this can be time consuming so we found a neat site that changes the User Agent String in your version of explorer so that it appears as an earlier version.

The site has some Registry Files to make the change and includes a file to reset the changes as well – view here if you need to do this, thanks to www.enhanceie.com for the files