Site for Explorer 7
Here's the scenario: one morning you open your email and your inbox is flooded with emails that your site isn't working properly. Maybe your text or
images don't look right, or even worse maybe your site isn't properly processing credit card transactions. How could this happen when you didn't
change a thing? Well, that morning could be the morning later this year that Microsoft releases Internet Explorer 7.
How are people going to get IE7?
According to Kevin Yank in a recent issue of the SitePoint Tech Times:
"Word on the street is that, upon its release (before year's end), IE7 will be pushed out as a forced update to Windows XP users everywhere, as was
done for Service Pack 2. The move to IE7 among the end-user masses will not be a gradual migration, but a sudden and significant shift."
One night Windows XP users will go to bed using IE6 and the next morning they'll wake up, install a routine update, and just like that they'll be using
IE7 to browse the web. That means, that as a site owner, you need to begin preparing immediately for IE7's impending release.
What's different about IE7?
From a user's perspective, improvements include tabbed browsing, better printing, RSS feed integration, more advanced searching, and better
security features, as well as a plethora of add-ons to enhance the user experience (similar to Firefox extensions).
However, the most important changes that will have a more direct impact on how your site is loaded and displayed are:
RSS integration - IE7 automatically detects RSS feeds and asks you to subscribe. It also gives you the option to have IE7 auto-check for feed updates
(even when it's not running). Is your feed properly recognized by IE7?
Updated CSS behavior - the IE7 team worked very closely with the W3C workgroup to ensure standards compliance. They made over 200 changes
from IE6 to become compliant with CSS2.1. Even if your site is standards compliant, it may not be rendered exactly the same as it is in IE6 or Firefox.
AJAX XMLHTTP Request changes - the