Internet Explorer 9: Under The Hood
You'd hope that as the latest iteration in a long line of browsers Microsoft's latest, IE9, would be its best yet. Naturally, it is, but that would actually be to underestimate how much of a leap forward IE9 really is in terms of technology. In our other articles we've examined how much of a difference IE9 can make to the end user, but what you might not realise is how much of a difference it can make to web developers too.
In the past, IE has had something of a bad reputation among web developers for being somewhat behind the times when it comes to web standards. Indeed the 2001 era IE6 is now spoken of in derogatory terms despite, or perhaps because of, the fact that in its day it was the most popular browser by a huge factor. Chief among IE6's supposed sins was its reputation for being buggy and its lack of support for modern web standards. In fact, at the time of launch, IE6 was the most advanced browser out there due to its early adoption of some of the bleeding edge standards. However, as newer, and more limber rivals came on the scene, this early code was neglected, then overtaken and surpassed by other browsers with more modern and stable code.
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