IE7 Beta 3 CSS Support Still Lacking

Internet Explorer 7 Beta 3’s CSS support has been locked down and will only be a stepping stone towards being actually CSS compliant. I really didn’t believe that they’d have a lot of fixes for their poor rendering of CSS but I was really hoping that they would. They have given allusions in the past that they are moving in the CSS standard direction but in this post detailing the CSS changes for IE7 they stated that they will try and make additional improvements to the CSS spec by creating new, proprietary specs prefixed with “ms”. This is so arrogant-big-brother-microsoft. They still have the mentality of “Hey, I’m the biggest. Everyone else should design for me. Screw the specs.”

Cross-browser CSS quirks probably cause my biggest headaches at work when I’m designing. You can get something to look cool in one browser then you try it in another and bang! No dice. So you fix it for that one and try it in the first and bang! You messed something up. Then you try it again and again – switching to 3 or 4 browsers until you get it relatively secure, albeit some fledgling issues, but overall working properly. Then another browser comes out…

Well, as I was thinking about CSS support for IE7 I came accross this wikipedia entry that details the different browser engines and their relative CSS support. Check it out. It’s kind of helpful…

Anyway, IE7 does render CSS a LOT better than IE6, even Eric Meyer’s complex spiral example that uses fixed background images in elements other than the body tag to create a really cool effect that would be perfect for my sweet myspace page. They also fixed the peekaboo, three-pixel text jog, and a whole list of other bugs although that’s really just a drop in the bucket on the way to CSS standardization. At least they are trying.

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