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Is Internet Explorer 11 the new broken browser?

16 April 2014

After a couple of brief encounters with the new "state-of-the-art" browser of Microsoft Internet Explorer 11 I have come to realize that this browser might be the new IE6. Full of new features and functionality, but broken in so many ways it hurts.

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IE8 X-UA-Compatible

10 February 2010

I've read up on some stuff recently regarding IE 8 and the (in)sanity switch they've (Microsoft) built into the browser, the so-called "IE8 X-UA-Compatible". I found some nice articles about it on the Microsoft Internet Explorer blog ( and, but also on MSDN ( The articles show a good recap of what to do and how to approach this new "special need" IE browsers seem to have. Of course there were rants ( but also immensely helpful charts (

And then I found some nice code to use:

  1. The first is a simple meta-tag for a per page control of the compatibility mode: <meta http-equiv="X-UA-Compatible" content="IE=EmulateIE7" />. There's a debate on how efficient this is (does it work at all?) but by applying different combinations as stated here, one can try and find the version best suited for ones needs.
  2. The second was a simple piece of PHP to send as a HTTP-header by the webserver: <?php header('X-UA-Compatible: IE=EmulateIE7');?>. This keeps the compatibility switch outside of the HTML and feeds in directly to the browser from the webserver.
  3. Last but not least there's a ColdFusion version of the above as well of course: <cfheader name="X-UA-Compatible" value="IE=EmulateIE7" />

With these things you should be well armed to battle the beast with many dreadful heads, or i.e. IE ;-) Hopefully the newest head to pop up will be the best one yet!

Updated 10 February 2010, by Sebastiaan Naafs - van Dijk

I found a set of really great articles by Faruk Ates, a Dutch guy big in the Internet world. Read his initial story on X-UA-Compatible here and the follow-up here.

Updated 10 February 2010, by Sebastiaan Naafs - van Dijk

While we're at it, here some more info:

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Mike Cherim

25 May 2007

Today I ventured back to the Green Beast Mike Cherim's weblog. He's been on my "blog's I really need to try and find some time to read"-list for some time. Somehow I never get around to it, but miracously today I found a loop in the Space-Time contiuum, granting me a spare hour to catch up on some reading. Here's a list of three articles I found very useful - or just plain entertaining - and would like to share with you:

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Linkdump for Friday 13th

23 March 2007

Since the first of March a new company has joined the masses, but this one is one of a kind - it's mine and Jonathans', and it called Onlinebase. We're here to make a difference. Already we have some 6 customers to start off our little business adventure with. For three of them we have built and are currently hosting their website (Allround Service Varmland, Klif1, Mentor Nederland), the other three are coming along nicely. Please visit our website for more info - be aware, it's work in progress, you're bound to run into some Lorem Ipsum's on the way ;-)

Oh, and I'll be hosting this website over at as well shortly, so you won't get "website unavailable" messages when one of my three darlings cut the power to my server here at home (which was the case today...). External hosting at Onlinebase is a lot safer for your website / webapplication / webhosting / web-anything AND your Cold Fusion than doing it at home ;-)

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CSS 101

22 January 2007

For a while now I've wanted to make a sort of my own page with all the nifty helpful CSS links I've collected over the years. Then came along the webdesigners handbook. So now I link to that page. But when I opened my Feedreader this afternoon, this link popped up. All the things I ever wanted to do with CSS, at least the 53 most important and useful ones. Bookmark it, or it - it's indispensable ;-)

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Testing WYSIWYG editors

13 December 2006

Over at Standards-Schmandards the 8 most popular WYSIWYG editors have been tested thoroughly. The article caught my attention as I'm about to make a decision on which WYSIWYG editor I'm gonna include in my self-built CMS. For a long while now I've been using XStandard, much to my liking. It has its own rendering engine (luckily NOT using the Internet Explorer MSHTML editor, which creates absolutely horrific markup), produces valid XHTML (sometimes it removes too much of my valid markup, but that aside) and is lightweight. The biggest drawback is that it requires an installment on every client where the CMS should/could be used. So it doesn't ship with the CMS, making it difficult to be able to edit the content in the CMS everywhere you'd like. There the javascript embedded editors like TinyMCE, FCKEditor and TinyFCK are a lot better, as they ship with the CMS-code and as long as Javascript is turned on in clients browser it works perfectly.

Yes, I'm happy that XStandard comes so well out of the test, but no, not happy that the Javascript editors aren't doing so well in producing the same markup no matter which browser is used. For now I'm leaning towards replacing XStandard with TinyMCE. Looking to the future I'll probably be using TinyFCK, which when it becomes a little more stable is the best of both worlds: TinyMCE combined with the filebrowser of FCKEditor.

Via 456bereastreet.

Updated 13 December 2006, by Sebastiaan Naafs - van Dijk

This is just really great, the WYSIWYM editor - What You See Is What You Mean. Check it out over at Especially the demo is really cool.

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Webdesigners handbook

22 June 2006

You know the feeling. Too many feeds to read, to many favourites in your browser, too little time to sort them all out. You've planned to do it many a time, but there just never seems to be just that little extra time you need to get it all sorted out. Now you don't have to any more. It's been done, by someoneelse. But you can make good use of it. Who? Vitaly Freeman! Where? Here: And best of all, it's updated weekly. Good luck with that Vitaly,..., and thanx 4 doing what I just never got around to doing!

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The Scrutinizer

14 June 2006

Sometimes my own words cannot explain or begin to relate what something I promote really is. So I'll take my leave and use the words of the maker of Scrutinizer himself:


The Scrutinizer is a service that allows you to analyze, assess and validate any link using various tools and testers on the web.


Rather than creating direct links to various validators and link analyzers, one link can be used to submit to all of them. It simplifies the task of figuring out which application needs what type of URL (Domains only/HTTP/No HTTP) and also saves time and space by freeing up the code from unneccessary URLs.


The Scrutinizer is a project created by Rosano Coutinho and the Phile Planet Network.


The Scrutinizer was driven by the idea of creating a single useful service that can be used universally; it was inspired by sites like Feed Icons, Gravatar and The Socializer and also, the (currently dead) Firefox extension, Checky.

The only thing I'll add is this: the link.

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Kill Bill's Browser

12 May 2006

I read an article in the little monthly ICT-newspaper at work today about a new campaign started by Google, quite amusingly called "Kill Bill's Browser". In short it explains about the benefits of changing from IE to another, better browser, i.e. (no, not that IE - no pun intented!) Firefox. There's another website launched by Google as well, where you can earn money by having people change from IE to Firefox. At you can earn money (1 $ per visitor changing) through your AdSense account, presuming Google hasn't thrown you out for any reason they seem fit. Hopefully this won't happen to people supporting this initiative, because Google wouldn't only be damaging their own reputation but that of Firefox as well. Oh what the hech, who cares? Then people will just Get Opera!

I will stick to the yellow bar on top of our pages for now, the number of visitors I get I will not annoy with pop-ups, occasional glimpses of our website or a complete referal to another website! But, if you're reading this and using IE (in other words, you see the yellow bar on top of every page), please get a better browser!

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