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IE7 and Firefox 2 : headaches for web developers

December 3, 2006

IE7 and Firefox 2 are now released and begin to spread in the world thanks to auto-updates and the cool factor driving technology.. What does this bring us? Well.. happiness and sleepless nights..

Happiness: IE7 is coming with a bunch of features and bug fixes that allow us to think of a bright future where browsers co-exist in peace without making web developers struggle too much for delivering their cool web pages..

Sleepless nights: as described in previous post about CSS design patterns, a lot of websites rely on web browsers bugs for writing browser dependent rules in CSS. As there are (were?) still differences in browser rendering, CSS cant yet be written in independent manner. But with IE7 supporting fixing bugs and supporting CSS 2, all these rules become obsolete and rules written for firefox are now going to be applied to IE7. In some case it will work but we can expect a whole lot of websites designs that will break in the following weeks and months..

The second issue comes from the support of SSL in IE7 and FF2: they only support SSL version 2, which means that servers implementing SSL V1 wont work.. It sure going to involve some time fixing this issue..

But well, crises are meant to make us humain being evolve for the better, arent┬á they ­čÖé Good luck for everyone involved in web development and enjoy the new tools…

PS. for a solution on how to┬ásafely manage browser dependent rules in CSS, check previous post…