What We Wanted: IE7 Beta 2

Looks like I was right, beta 2 is the browser we've all been waiting for. Microsoft has released a list of fixes that will appear in the second beta of Internet Explorer 7. I suspect the backlash after beta 1 was released pushed them to release the list.

  • Peekaboo bug
  • Guillotine bug
  • Duplicate Character bug
  • Border Chaos
  • No Scroll bug
  • 3 Pixel Text Jog
  • Magic Creeping Text bug
  • Bottom Margin bug on Hover
  • Losing the ability to highlight text under the top border
  • IE/Win Line-height bug
  • Double Float Margin Bug
  • Quirky Percentages in IE
  • Duplicate indent
  • Moving viewport scrollbar outside HTML borders
  • 1 px border style
  • Disappearing List-background
  • Fix width:auto

In addition we?ve added support for the following

  • HTML 4.01 ABBR tag
  • Improved (though not yet perfect) <object> fallback
  • CSS 2.1 Selector support (child, adjacent, attribute, first-child etc.)
  • CSS 2.1 Fixed positioning
  • Alpha channel in PNG images
  • Fix :hover on all elements
  • Background-attachment: fixed on all elements not just body

I've also put together a small list of CSS properties I'd like to see added that goes back to my testing on data tables:

  • add CSS property border-spacing
  • add CSS property empty-cells
  • add CSS support for border when applied to COL or COLGROUP
  • add CSS property caption-side

In the meantime, let's hope the next version of Firefox fixes some of the bugs that have been annoying me like the scroll event not firing with a scroll mouse.

Published July 30, 2005 · Updated September 17, 2005
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Jens Meiert said on July 30, 2005

Just excited, part 2. Of course, that tension is associated with certain skepticism, as we all will be censorious. The IE7 development reminds me of cleaning up one's appartment - which does not mean the chattels get better. Wait and see.

Scott said on July 30, 2005

It's awesome news that they've finally committed to something by releasing a list. Whether or not they'll follow through is another story, but at least now there's something real to look forward to.

said on July 31, 2005

wow ... good to see that microsoft is finally getting their act sorted. They've got a long long way to go before they'll be able to catch up to the browsers that set the standard in browsing http://www.mozilla.org/products/firefox/

Nathan Smith said on August 01, 2005

I'm glad they're coming around too, but I still find it sort of repulsive that they refuse to release it for Windows 2000, which is basically the same OS as XP. I mean, all Windows programs that are released specifically for XP run just fine on 2000.

It's just the same attitude being perpetuated, "We're Microsoft, so you do what we say," but in a standards-compliant way. Thank God for Firefox, or we'd all still be marching to the IE tune.

Jereme Guenther said on April 03, 2007

IE7 still has the duplicate character bug. I am not sure what is triggering it but I was able to hack together a fix. If I simply add some spaces (on occasion I had to explicitly define the space with &nbsp ; ) the IE7 seems to duplicate the space instead of the characters; this could cause formatting issues which will have to be worked around but it is much better than extra characters being displayed.

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