One of our users on theleavingcert.com pointed out an annoying little bug in IE7. It was a css bug in our drop down site switcher menu. Normally i just run checks in browsershots.org but of course that can’t pick up errors in drop down menus…
So i had to go about finding a way to run IE7. Could i run it in a virtual environment? Yes, but that’s a bit messy. Ideally i didn’t want to have to install IE7 on my PC, so instead i was searching for websites that allowed you to run IE7 on their server.
Then eventually i came across an article explaining that you can run IE7 inside IE8. All out of the box, no installing anything. To do so;
- open up IE8
- Developer Tools
- Browser Mode
- Internet Explorer 7
- start browsing as if you were using IE7
Now i probably came across this before but it’s been so long since i had a proper look at IE8 that i’ve forgotten all the best bits about it. Or the not so crappy bits – yes, that’s a better way of putting it.
Another reason to use IE8 is for the print preview tool. Chrome has no print preview at all which is criminal and firefox only has a basic one which isn’t very accurate. So IE8 wins here. And that’s about the only thing it wins at.
So in a very rare blog post, IE8 gets some love from me. I’ve now have two reasons to use it – for testing in IE7 and for print previewing.