Always a useful resource.
There is a list of VM’s with several versions of IE’s if you are under OSX (might work with Linux as well – haven’t tested).
XML is the format mostly used, together with JSON, to give access to data without giving access directly to a database. Most of the browsers are XML compatible, but IE, in some versions (any one older than IE 8.0.76) cannot display a XML feed even if this one has passed the W3C XML validation.
I have faced this problem when dealing with an API. A couple of methods where giving the famous error: “Internet Explorer cannot display this feed”. After a lot of searching on the net with no success I finally decided to use the oldest of the scientific methods to figure this out: test and error.
After a bunch of tests I finally have found out why it was breaking: If the XML has any CDATA tag inside, it will not render in IE.
- Install newest version of IE (that might not be available on all versions of Windows)
- Remove CDATA and html encode (php htmlentities) any field that has CDATA
These are the workarounds and solutions for a well constructed feed, so, before checking those, make sure that your XML pass the W3C validation.
According to the Wall Street Journal, Microsoft will release today, at noon, EDT the new IE 8 (link to IE8 beta page – will update when the new one comes).
This will give Microsoft a slightly advantage over it’s principal competitor Firefox 3.5.
As any web developer I’m not as much excited as any user should be, since this will be one more IE to test web applications (IE 6 and 7 still up :[ ).
Let’s now wait for the new IE and see how it will handle on Vista and XP.