Jason Upton, Test Manager, Internet Explorer: Since I joined the IE team at the beginning of 2007, it has become clear to me how important it is for web developers to predict how a given browser will work. I’ve certainly heard and read how very important it is to web developers to minimize the cost of supporting each additional browser version. In apparent contradiction to this, everyone needs continued innovation in the browser to create new online business opportunities.
One of the most important ways to ease development costs is to support a well-defined set of web standards in all the browsers. This frees up developers’ time to spend on their site innovation rather than porting and testing work. However, sometimes there are ambiguities or optional items in the specifications, such as the behavior of tables. This naturally results in browsers that behave differently.
The Internet Explorer team is serious about enabling web developers to be the most effective and efficient as possible. One very important way we can do this is to support and contribute to the web standards. For the Internet Explorer team, we will do this in multiple ways including implementing support for standards and driving to cut the ambiguity in these industry standards’ specifications.
Internet Explorer 8, IE8, CSS, Testing