Last month the IE team mentioned that their latest Internet Explorer code (to be IE 8 sometime in the future) renders the “Acid2 Face” tests correctly. This is a large achievement for the team and developers around the world. Browser compatibility testing is going to get easier for us testers (once developers shake their old habits of coding workarounds for browser quirks)! Read the post here.
I’ve decided to dedicate a spot on the blog for the user-agent information I’ve been providing over the last few years. From now on you can reference this post from the right navigation under the tools section.
Here are four very good lists and classifications of user-agents:
After a near 14 year life span competing with IE and other better browsers, AOL is throwing in the towel on Netscape Navigator. The war was long and drawn out but has finally come to an end for the poor browser.
Sweet! Take another browser off the browser compatibility testing list.
I found two more lists of user-agents for browsers, spiders, bots, RSS readers, devices, etc. If you’re looking to track down who/what a specific user-agent is or are looking to spoof a user-agent using the User Agent Switcher extension then these four lists should be helpful (newly discovered are on the top):
The IE team has released Beta 3 of the IE Developer toolbar. I played with it for a while and found that it’s getting better. In prior versions I (and others I talked to) couldn’t get the Outlining functionality to work. It appears to work now in Beta 3, but it’s still a bit buggy. On a page off of Google news the toolbar was incapable of outlining all the images on the page. On a positive note, the new feature “Select Element by Click” is pretty dang slick and I could see it being really helpful in developer troubleshooting or testing investigation. The feature allows you to click any element in the Web page and that element’s details and position in the DOM will be displayed in Developer Toolbar’s DOM explorer. From there you can also view the source for that element too (with colored syntax).
If you haven’t already, start warming up with the beta 3. Once complete, this tool will be a must have in your developer and testing tool toolbox.
Get update information and screenshots of changes at the IE Blog. Download IE Developer Toolbar Beta 3 here.