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.

#73 Racists??? Reality Check Dude.

by DvilAdvocate

Saturday December 4th, 1999 8:39 PM

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OS Racist???

An Operating System is not a race, dude. Man, you should worry more about REAL racism, rather than whether or not a browser should win.

I don't defend Microsoft's actions.

See, the thing is, I don't care whether MS wins, Mozilla does, etc. I care about whether or not a product does the job I want it to.

The reason I get mad at fanatics is that they take a little widget or gadet, and get mad that it's not as popular, they just focus on their enemy rather than their own flaws, and they spew comments like your own about "the Enemy of Freedom". (Gosh, I guess we should worry about the human rights violations and the nuclear asernal Microsoft has).

Do I think Microsoft abuses their position? Yes.

But I'm more concerned about Microsoft exploiting workers than whether or not there are two browsers. I don't see a need to get emotionally attached to a software product.