Ahmad Masykur

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Ahmad Masykur is a Software Architecture Engineer at PT. Freeport Indonesia Jakarta Indonesia.
In this blog, I share things of interest to me. Most topics are likely to be related to software development, but don't hold me to it.



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How to Make Our Website to be Ready for IE8

Today, I have email from Microsoft TechNet Flash about "how to get ready for IE8". It is challenge for me to make my blog ready for IE8. My blog have already XHTML 1.0 Transitional and CSS 2.1 compliance, but still reported as not ready for IE8 (see picture below).


What happen with my blog? IE8 have difference standard with W3C? After following link from TechNet flash email, the problem is: my blog have not META tag to tell IE8 that the page is ready for IE8 view. After apply X-UA-Compatible META tag in my BlogEngine theme, my blog is now comply with IE8.


Here’s requirement to be ready for IE8.

  1. Make sure your HTML markup is comply to HTML 4, XHTML 1.0 or XHTML 1.1 defined in doctype of the page. You can validate your page with online markup validation tools at http://validator.w3.org/
  2. Make sure your CSS is use at least CSS level 2.1 compliance. You can validate your page with online CSS validation tools at http://jigsaw.w3.org/css-validator/
  3. Place the following HTML META tag into the top of the HEAD element of each Web page (before tags other than TITLE or META):
    <meta http-equiv="X-UA-Compatible" content="IE=8"/>
    This will tell Windows Internet Explorer 8 to render each page using CSS 2.1 standards.

After HTML, CSS and HTML META has been applied, the page will ready for IE8.



Categories: Tips | IE
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dani United States | Reply

Thursday, April 09, 2009 3:00 PM


Using IE NetRenderer--Firefox plugin--and Browsershots dot org, my blog displayed correctly on IE8 without that new meta tag. I didn't check the accessibility and usability on IE.

But, I'll give it a try to put the meta tag. And continuing serve my pages as text/html to IE users. Thank you.

Yanurmal Indonesia | Reply

Sunday, April 12, 2009 2:37 AM


Saya tidak pernah menggunakan IE8 sehingga nggak pernah tau standard baru MS "IE8 Ready" Smile, informasi ini bermanfaat sekali. Thanks.

Manitowoc Ice Machine United States | Reply

Wednesday, June 03, 2009 7:09 PM

Manitowoc Ice Machine

I have updated my pc with IE automatic update, two days ago, but till now I was not able to have a look with the features , because I forgot IE with chrome and firefox around. I'm applying this tips for my websites, Thanks for the post.

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