IE9 Finally Ready to Join the HTML5 Party
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The current software is just a framework right now, and it's in such an early stage that it doesn't even have a back button yet, but more preview versions will arrive in eight week intervals. The preview of IE9 showcases new support for SVG 1.1 imagery inline, CSS3, and of course HTML5. It also has an Acid3 score of 55 currently and its CSS3 Selectors all pass the Selector test. Microsoft also showed its commitment to developing industry standard test suites by submitting over 100 additional HTML5, CSS3, DOM, and SVG tests to the W3C.
There are plenty of fun test drive demoes on the IE9 download page including demos for all of the technologies supported by Microsoft's new browser. The page contains links to SVG charts, maps, and animations (pulsating bubbles!). There's even an SVG Asteroids game to play with. For HTML5, there's a simple HTML5 T-shirt designer, but no HTML5 video demos. For speed tests, you have to see the 3-D spinning block of browser logos, which includes image counts and Frame Rate.
Microsoft is looking for plenty of feedback on the developer preview and how it handles HTML5, CSS3, DOM, and SVG. Specifically they want people to test their HTML5 parsing rules, XHTML support, Selection APIs, and SVG. CSS3 support for Selectors, Namespaces, Colors, Values, Backgrounds, Borders, and Fonts should also be tested, says Microsoft.
At the conference, Microsoft also said it would contribute code to the jQuery open source project along with testing resources.
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