Internet Explorer 7 Preview: Big Leap from IE6

August 1, 2005

I've recently had a chance to get a beta copy of IE7 (don't ask me how :D) and it promises a lot but also gives a big caveat to developers and designers, especially the web standards kind.

The Good: tabbed browsing, which seems to be the darling feature right now in web browsers. The interface is tweaked a bit (it's sleeker and actually looks like Firefox) and the anti-phising feature seems to target novice net browsers.

Another improvement is the corrected CSS box model rendering (AT LAST!) This is probably the feature that may alter the course of web design history.

The Bad: Despite the big improvements, IE7 fails miserably WaSP's ACID 2 test. This test checks whether the browser can display key CSS features. The final output of the test is a smiley face. The screenshot below is how IE7 renders the test:

Hmmm… Doesn't look like a smiley face to me.

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