IE5.5: First Look

Friday December 3rd, 1999

I've done some preliminary CSS testing of IE5.5 (available through Specifically I ran IE 5.5 through the battery of David Baron's CSS tests, and found some interesting results. IE 5.5's CSS support has undergone very little change from 5.0, and some regressions were noticable. IE 5.5 seems to pass test 5.3 (CSS2 Universal Selector) that IE 5.0 did not, but it fails two tests in section 6.4.4 (Parsing Test 4 and Test 5) that IE 5.0 apparently passed. There was one other that *may* have passed (9.1.2) where 5.0 failed, and one test in 10.7 *may* have failed where 5.0 passed, but I can't determine these for a certainty. Finally, IE 5.5 still does not pass the Box Acid Test.

According to MS's "What's New in Internet Explorer 5.5" page, IE 5.5 handles more "CSS styles" such as first-letter and first-line, but they don't go into any more detail.

From these results, I'm wondering if MS is giving up completely on significant advances in the CSS support in their current rendering engine. IE on the Mac is supposedly being developed to utilize a new rendering engine, codename "Tasman". Maybe Microsoft is planning something similar for their 6.0 Windows version.

In any event it does not look like the next version of IE will have significant CSS improvements as many hoped and expected.

#71 OS Racists

by Bakafish

Saturday December 4th, 1999 6:22 PM

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You call people who use alternate OS's zealots and fanatics, and then you wonder what they are getting upset about. You are just a OS racist, wondering why them colored computers can't just be happy that Microsoft allows them to ride in the back of the bus. I am not bitter about not being the standard, I am bitter about being repressed. It's a free country, if you want to suffer using inferior products, by God, you have that right. But when Microsoft tries to distroy anyone that attempts to compete or coexist with them, that is wrong. You are the one with the problem, Microsoft IS the enemy of freedom. You can call me a zealot, but how do you intend to defend MS's actions? The world dosen't need a "standard operating system" it needs standards of interoperability. Microsoft will do everything they can to defeat that, but the people will prevail. The standards of the web are the greatest threat to them now. Software like Apache, Perl, Sendmail and Bind will not succumb to the evil empire. Mozilla will play a part as well. You racists who, through ignorence or desire to be "on the winning side", hide behind Bill Gates chanting your mantra of "innovation" need to take a closer look at what you are defending.