Compatibility settings

On the site pane you have the ability to change the source code compatibility (“normal”, “ie6”, “ie6/ie7”).

I gave all options a try and found no differences in browser behaviour (even on a page that uses extensive JavaScript, png images, all these things earlier IE versions were known as problematic).

So I wonder how other users are handling this… which option do you set here and why ?

Tobias.


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So I wonder how other users are handling this… which option do you set here and why ?

I don’t concern myself too much with this, if a few are still using ie6/7 then the basic structure will still probably still be viewable, even if some of the bells and whistles aren’t and theres a bit of miss alignment.

Stick with the default IE6/IE7.
If still worried then incorporate a notice and a link to where they might download a more compatible and up to date browser.

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Confessed, I set this to “normal” as I did my first project and then never cared about. So I just like to hear other opinions :slight_smile:

Personally I agree with you that on most computers people have installed newer browsers than IE6/7 (at least for security concerns doing regular updates is more than recommended).

Regardless I also know of companies still working with IE 6 due to compatibility issues with existing software products.

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I think what comes into play with the IE6/IE7 stuff is really the additional files that FW creates regardless if you use something that is relevant to those files or not.

Such as the PNGBehavior.htc file for handling how transparent PNG’s work in IE6 (which they don’t even with the file attached) and there’s a _clear.gif if your design uses tables ( hence “reinforce layout tables” ) and so on.

If you look at the IE6 style sheet, there isn’t a whole lot in it but it does affect one FW created tag in your FW files dealing with how IE handles the min-height CSS property.

It’d be nice if FW had presets you could use where you wouldn’t always have to feel like you were starting fresh, but could click a preset and it’d set up some settings automatically to get the project going faster.


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Regardless I also know of companies still working with IE 6 due to compatibility issues with existing software products.

Sure, if you know of companies still using IE6 and they’re significant in your target audience then some adaption of the web design might be in order but…

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