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Internet Explorer 7 Readiness Toolkit

By Molly E. Holzschlag | July 13th, 2006 | Filed in Microsoft TF

The Internet Explorer 7 Readiness Toolkit provides an easy way for developers and designers to check their sites on IE7. The Toolkit requires a genuine registered copy of Windows Vista, Windows Server 2003, and XP. It includes some very helpful materials for developers wishing to see how sites will render in the browser.

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The kit contains a pointer to the latest publicly available build of Internet Explorer 7, a developer checklist including new features and changes of interest to application and web developers should be aware of, testing guidance and tips for isolating and identifying a particular compatibility problem; tools for development and testing; links to resources, technical articles and helpful blog posts; various methods for providing feedback to Microsoft.

Of course, be aware that you’re downloading beta software, and that it will overwrite IE 6.0. Ideally, you should install IE7 on a designated testing machine. If you don’t have one, the only real alternative to have more than one version of IE on your machine is to use Virtual PC (which, for those who weren’t aware – like me – is available for Windows as well as Mac). The registry hack that people use for running multiple versions of IE may produce erroneous results.

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#1 On July 13th, 2006 2:45 pm