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Malarkey is Andy Clarke, a UK based designer, author and speaker who has a passion for design, CSS and web accessibility.

Andy has been working on the web for almost ten years. He is a visual web designer and author and he founded Stuff and Nonsense in 1998. Andy regularly writes about creating beautiful, accessible web sites and he speaks at events worldwide. Andy is the author of Transcending CSS: The Fine Art of Web Design, published by New Riders in 2006.

The IE7 MIX 06 release

The one where Malarkey reveals screenshots from the IE7 MIX 06 beta release.

I am so pleased today to announce that a new beta build of IE7 (I call it the MIX 06 release) will be available from MIX 06, March 20th to 22nd. The new browser will be handed out at MIX and will then hopefully be available from MSDN.

What I saw today from the (as yet unfinished) IE7 MIX 06 beta, it has significant standards support improvements over what we have seen from the IE7 Beta Preview and this will be the release where we can seriously start to test our work in IE7.

Gemination

Two of the sites which IE's Markus Mielke and I looked through today were my own site and Egor Kloos's CSS Zen Garden entry, Gemination.

Gemination in IE7 MIX 06 beta

Gemination was one of the first CSS Zen Garden designs to make heavy use of progressive techniques and provide different design for Internet Explorer and modern browsers. I saw comparisons between Gemination in IE6, IE7 beta preview and IE7 MIX 06 beta. Bar a few very minor issues, the MIX 06 beta displays Gemination exactly like modern browsers. Simply amazing.

And All That Malarkey

And on to this site, the cause of much consternation when the IE7 beta preview went public. I can report that not only does IE7 MIX 06 beta display And All That Malarkey (almost) correctly, but that the developers are still working hard to fix the few remaining issues before the conference.

And All That Malarkey in IE7 MIX 06 beta

Screenshots

Image of progress of this site, from IE6 to IE7 Beta Preview, to IE7 MIX06 Release and the progress of Gemination.

I have been amazed by the IE7 team's graciousness and keenness to make IE7 the browser that we all deserve it to be. Way to go!

Replies

  1. #1 On March 1, 2006 06:24 PM Aaron Gustafson said:

    So exciting... can't wait to get to play with the new IE7. Of course it does mean fewer $ for me in consulting fees if all of my old designs work in the new IE ;-)

  2. #2 On March 1, 2006 06:27 PM Matt Robin said:

    This is really encouraging news Andy - I wish I was a fly on the wall at the MIX 06....(a wall at the back so that I could see the screen!)

    And look - hey - your site is looking much better in that MIX 06 beta than it was in the beta preview. Great news for all sites Andy. :)

  3. #3 On March 1, 2006 07:05 PM Carl Camera said:

    WooHoo! This news is quite timely. My MSDN subscription confirmation email arrived yesterday. I'm confident the new beta version will be available from MSDN since MSDN was the only place that Beta1 was released. Hopefully enough improvements were made in IE so my nickrigby menu flyouts on one of my sites won't have to be completely reworked...

  4. #4 On March 1, 2006 07:10 PM Ryan Brill said:

    That is some very good news. Something to smile about today...

  5. #5 On March 1, 2006 11:12 PM Matt said:

    I'm wary that the IE people may be fixing only the bugs that manifest themselves in sites such as these that are publicly being talked about having incompatibilities?

    On the other hand, if these sites contain one of each bug and they're all fixed then we're rocking.

  6. #6 On March 2, 2006 12:05 AM Ben Buchanan said:

    Bar a few very minor issues, the MIX 06 beta displays Gemination exactly like modern browsers. Simply amazing.

    "Amazing" yes... never thought I'd see the day that IE was favourably compared with modern browsers! ;)

  7. #7 On March 2, 2006 09:38 AM Robert Wellock said:

    Well, they are only about 7-years behind so it is about time they started fixing some CSS bugs.

  8. #8 On March 2, 2006 04:24 PM bongi said:

    thank **** at last

  9. #9 On March 2, 2006 05:20 PM Nicole said:

    Excellent news. Here's hoping they can get even more fixes in before that conference.

  10. #10 On March 3, 2006 12:57 AM Lawrence Meckan said:

    Finally it looks like all modern browsers will be in step with one another.

    Now if only they could get IE to pass the Acid2 test..

  11. #11 On March 4, 2006 10:20 PM S´┐Żbastien Guillon said:

    (rubbing eyes and leaning forward): Whaaaa???

    So now we can't say IE suck anymore?

  12. #12 On March 4, 2006 10:50 PM Malarkey said:

    @ Lawrence Meckan: "Now if only they could get IE to pass the Acid2 test.."

    A topic much discussed at the W3C meeting I just returned from. Personally I would prefer IE7 to be CSS bug free and have full support for CSS2.1 now rather than wait for a version which fully passes the full range of tests in Acid2 such as 'data URL'.

    @ S´┐Żbastien Guillon: "So now we can't say IE suck anymore?"

    I hope that we won't need to.

  13. #13 On March 5, 2006 08:46 PM Harry Jones said:

    At last! This is awesome news.

    I guess the real question now is how long the crossover period between IE6 and IE7 will be.

    Let's hope Micro$oft market IE7 agressively (and in Windows update) so that IE7 gains the majority quickly.

    Anyway, nice one Andy! Well done for all your hard work on this!

  14. #14 On March 7, 2006 11:08 PM Ashley said:

    I think that Microsoft will no doubt put alot of money and resources in marketing and will also make alot from it"s loyal followers! Should be interesting to work with that is for sure!

  15. #15 On March 9, 2006 12:53 AM Cliftonite said:

    Though it's great for MS to keep pushing forward, I can't help but want to see Firefox rise and reign forever. IE will likely be playing catch-up for years to come. It's nice to know that your grandma, who forever uses the browser installed with Windows, will be able to see un-broken versions of your work.

    Now I just need to get grandma online.

  16. #16 On March 9, 2006 01:10 PM Egor Kloos said:

    Great to see that my concept still holds true in IE7. Concidering it's 2 and half years old. Now we're going to have to find new things to complain about.

  17. #17 On March 9, 2006 08:00 PM Britney said:

    Should be alot fo fun to play with and to see what it can do. I just hope to be able to surf the web with one browser and feel confident in it:s capabilities which I am sure will happen with IE7

  18. #18 On March 10, 2006 07:45 AM vtondrjc said:

    I have not been able to find any statements by Microsoft (or anybody else, for that matter) on the support of w3c DOM level 1 and 2 in IE7.

    Can someone help please?

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