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Microsoft Expression SuperPreview

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This is old news. Please rather see the article: Browser Testing for Multiple IE’s and Mobiles

Cross browser friendly web design

If you are a good web designer, you will want to make sure that your web design looks the same in all browsers.

Adhering to W3C standards helps a lot in this arena, but even so, if you’ve been web designing for a while, you will have figured out by now that IE6 (Internet Explorer 6) is the bane of all web designers.

Often you will find that you can get a website to look the same in all other important browsers (IE7 & 8, Firefox, Opera, Safari, Google Chrome) but you have to resort to css hacks for IE6.

To throw another spanner in the works, you can only run one version of Internet Explorer on your machine. So that means if you want to upgrade to Windows 7, you automatically have IE8 and can’t test in IE6. Up till now, Web designers have been using various work arounds such as:

  • Running a dual boot PC
  • Running a virtual PC
  • Using screenshot generators like browsershots

Well it seems that Microsoft themselves have now realised how retarded the whole situation is and have offered a solution and uncharacteristically, it’s free…
Microsoft Expression SuperPreview is a stand alone application that allows you to test websites in IE6, IE7 and IE8. It even has a nifty overlay function, so you can fix those 1 pixel discrepancies.

You can view example screenshots and download it free here:
http://www.microsoft.com/expression/products/Web_Overview.aspx

Comments

10 Responses to Microsoft Expression SuperPreview

  1. David Webb says:

    Forget IE6, if the user can’t be bothered to update their browser, why should you cater for them!

  2. admin says:

    Sometimes I feel that way too, but I’d rather not lose 16% of my clients if I can help it.

    IE Browser Stats…
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Internet_Explorer#Market_adoption_and_usage_share

  3. Why not just inform the user dynamically if he/she is using an old outdated browser with a link to update it? It’s spoonfeeding but effective.

  4. I agree with “admin”. You would possibly want to retain as much visitors as possible. Also, users are afraid of change. They stick to what they know and although most users nowadays are tech savvy there are still those that aren’t. So, I would say try to retain them they might be well worth it in the end.

  5. I have recently published an article on my blog about the top rated browsers for 2011. And IE6 definatley doesn’t feature anywhere there.

    If people are two versions and 11 years behind with regard to their browsers then they are possibly a none entity so advise them that all browsers are free. Even the latest version of Firefox.

    I don’t waste my time with IE6 users and I explain this pretty clearly to my clients. If they want IE6 compatibility they will need to pay extra.

    And sorry but I run IE 5.5, 6 and 8 on my PC and haven’t had a problem with installing or running them.

  6. admin says:

    …well…? Don’t be stingy George – tell us how you are running multiple versions of IE on your PC without resorting to Windows Virtual PC / Dual Boots?

  7. Paul says:

    it seems your site statistics quoted according to W3C in other places on this site are incorrect IE users seem to be down to just 26% with firefox leading the way and browsers like chrome and safari rivaling the ever mighty, and infernal IE.

    http://www.w3schools.com/browsers/browsers_stats.asp

    with IE6 users down to to just 5% total users I think Johan certainly has the right idea, education should be our goal as designers., its our job to push our clients and the web at large forward, if we bow to inferior technology at this degree we’ll hold everything back.

    I think it should be obvious that a user who is on IE6 and afraid of upgrades is not likely to be a the kind of visitor comfortable with subscribing to RSS, using a contact form, and certainly not in making a purchase from an e-commerce site, so how many of this already small percent are valuable visitors,?

    Users want a “good” experience from the web – which they are not going to get from using a browser like IE6, I’m still willing to hack for 7 but soon they’re going to be getting a browser warning across their screen as well.

    If we don’t work to influence users, and improve overall user experience on the web – no one will.

    Its up to us to drive a progressive online culture in this country, something I feel is stunted by so many barriers – lets not hold on to restrictive out of date belief systems as well.

    • admin says:

      Keep in mind, the kind of people that use the W3Schools website are web designers who know better than to use a buggy browser like IE6. So, assuming W3Schools get ther stats from their own analytics reports, I think wikipedia’s stats are a little more fair and reliable in this instance.

      FNB recently stopped supporting users on IE6, and I think with the release of IE9, more of us are going to wave goodbye to it…and good riddance!

      • paul says:

        point taken indeed, I hope that more and more big sites just refuse to support it, IE9 doesn’t look bad, but after reading some of the marketing material you posted – who knows. Lets hope and pray like hell they pull a rabbit out the hat and impress us all.

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