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.

#72 Mozilla already beats IE5

by jrmski <>

Saturday December 4th, 1999 6:32 PM

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I have ie 5, ns 4.6 and mozilla M11 on mysystem. In my opinnion, mozilla M11 definately beats NS4.7 and though I don't use IE very often I think that mozilla M11 already beats IE5. I personally wonder why the whole world doesn't own a copy of M11. The only complaints I have about mozilla are the speed and missing of some basic features like cut and paste. I would like to congratulate everyone who has contributed to mozilla, i think that if netscape can rease v5.0 within the next few months it will definately win the browser war.