Internet Explorer Mini Site

our Internet Explorer Version

Internet Explorer Mini Site

  1. Internet Explorer Landing Page
  2. Internet Explorer Problems
  3. Internet Explorer Solutions
  4. Firefox for the Internet Explorer User
  5. Make Internet Explorer render XHTML
  6. Choosing a Browser
  7. Download a Browser
  8. Frequently Asked Questions
  9. How the Internet Explorer Landing Page works
  10. How the Internet Explorer Version Detection works
  11. Valid Internet Explorer Conditional Comments

version-specific advice

The box below provides brief information and advice for the version of Internet Explorer you are currently using.

You are not using Internet Explorer

Well, you are at least not using IE for Windows version 5 or later.
You could be using Internet Explorer 4 or earlier, you could be using Internet Explorer for Mac OS, but you are probably using a real web browser.
You may want to move on to the home page, but feel free to read this Internet Explorer mini-site anyway.

By the way, if you are curious how this page detects your Internet Explorer version, that is explained in How the Internet Explorer Version Detection works.

general recommendations

If you are still using Internet Explorer 8 or earlier, I recommend upgrading to a web browser; either Internet Explorer 9 or one of the four leading web browsers: Opera, Firefox, Safari and Chrome.
This Internet Explorer mini site provides some brief remarks about choosing a browser, and provides links to download a browser.

If you prefer using pre-version 9 Internet Explorer version despite its many shortcomings, do at least upgrade to the latest release that your platform supports.
Another option is to apply a quick fix to make Internet Explorer render XHTML, but you are better of with Firefox and a few Firefox add-ons that make it look like Internet Explorer, see Firefox for the Internet Explorer User.

support

Please understand that I cannot help you with Internet Explorer problems and its limitations.
Internet Explorer is a Microsoft product, so please contact Microsoft Support with any questions and complaints.

The Internet Explorer development team welcomes constructive criticism on the Internet Explorer blog.

technical notes

the main site

The main site uses XHTML 1.1 (including the correct application/xhtml+xml MIME type).
Although this web standard dates back to the previous millennium, even Internet Explorer version 8 released on 2009 Mar 19, still does not support it.

this mini site

These pages uses the older XHTML 1.0 Strict with the disrecommended but allowed txt/html MIME type. That is a deviation from best practice only so that Internet Explorer 8 and earlier will render the mini site despite their limitations. The layout has been kept simple to avoid problems with Internet Explorer’s misplacement of items (its so-called broken box model).

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