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IE7 Beta2 Preview Available

Discussion in 'HTML, Graphics & Programming' started by Whitestar, 2 Feb 2006.

  1. Whitestar

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 9 Jul 2004

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    Anyone who wants to have a look at IE7, for dev or just to see whats its like, you can download it here.

    Its only for XP SP2 and some features have been disabled, but it should be an interesting first look for the public.
     
  2. Augmented

    Soldato

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    Nice, thanks for the heads up.

    I don't particularly like the interface at first glance. The unexpected removal of the standard File menu bar in particular confused me - or is that due to the beta status?

    I do like that 'Quick Tabs (CTRL+Q)' option to preview all open tabs - that's very cool.

    Haven't had the chance to look into the CSS bugfixes yet, but the PNG alpha-opacity fix pleases me a great deal - thumbs up for that. Looks promising, but highly unlikely to make me even consider ever using it again :).
     
  3. Whitestar

    Wise Guy

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    Nope. Thats how its going to look in the final version.

    Like you I don't think the interface is all that, but I'm gonna carry on using it for a while.
     
  4. BaJ

    Hitman

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    Location: The middle bit

  5. Augmented

    Soldato

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    Handy link that.
    I think there's still quite a bit of CSS renderer features to implement in release versions; looking at what's not working (pseudo-classes etc.) in this beta. They've stated that they've implemented full support for all of CSS 2.1 in previous posts on the IE blog. It seems this beta only features the parser fixes, and a few of the renderer fixes.

    I guess the interface just needs some getting used to - like with any new application. They haven't significantly moved away from traditional browser concepts, which helps. I guess it's down to the major leap from previous version interfaces that causes the greatest surprise. I actually have my menu hidden in Fx (Compact Menu extension), so appreciate the ability to hide it in IE7 - but I feel it's a bad move to enable it by default. But then, "You can't make an omelette without breaking some eggs"...
     
  6. Whitestar

    Wise Guy

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    Well, the final version is (according to M$) set to come out at the end of this year, so there will be plenty of time for them to release more betas with more features.

    I think for beta 2, it isn't all that bad. It could do with some improving, but if M$ keep on this track, they might end up with a pretty decent browser.
     
  7. BaJ

    Hitman

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    Indeed, i'm going to hold out for the full release before worrying too much about whether my sites will start falling apart at the seems.

    http://www.ie7.com/

    :D
     
  8. LazyManc

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    Does it run alongside IE6 or replace it?
     
  9. Augmented

    Soldato

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  11. noginn

    Hitman

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    MSN messenger history doesn't work with IE7. Has to be valid XML now.
     
  12. rout3r

    Gangster

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    Is there anyway to uninstall this?
     
  13. Whitestar

    Wise Guy

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    Yeah, just go to add/remove programs and remove it from there.

    [Edit] Make sure you tick the show updates option as well so you can see it.
     
    Last edited: 5 Feb 2006
  14. rout3r

    Gangster

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    Where's the show updates option??
     
  15. sfx

    Hitman

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    You can add the standard menu bar by going to Tools > Toolbars > Classic Menu

    sfx