Internet Explorer® 8 Compatibility Mode
What are the various compatibility modes in Internet Explorer 8?
Compatibility modes are enabled upon the Internet Explorer 8 web browser while the user finds difficulty in viewing the web pages using the new browser engine tool. The compatibility modes thus enable viewing the web pages in its corresponding modes based on the contents it displays. Various compatibility modes offered with the new Internet Explorer 8 web browser are Quirks mode, strict mode, and standards mode. The compatibility mode rendering or web page specifies the compatibility mode based on different factors. Compatibility mode value and DOCTYPE value determines the compatibility. The user possesses the option to render multiple compatible modes upon the Internet Explorer 8 web browser and as a result, the prior mode will be used. The different modes can be enabled by the user at any instant within some mouse clicks. The Microsoft also developed a compatibility view list for informing the users about the web pages that are causing issues with the various compatibility modes. Enabling the compatibility view list upon the Internet Explorer 8 browser provides the user with an option to view the web pages using the compatibility modes.
Discussed below are the points related with the use of various modes:
- Quirks mode
- Strict mode
- Standard mode
The new Internet Explorer 8 browser renders the Quirks mode while browsing the web pages when the web page displays an old DOCTYPE. The Internet Explorer 8 browser behaves like Internet Explorer 5 version browser at that instant. The Quirks mode also enabled while there was no DOCTYPE on the particular web page since the Quirks compatibility mode does not depend upon the DOCTYPE when the rendering mode determining process happens.
Strict mode is associated with the Internet Explorer version 7 browser. The IE 8 tool renders the strict mode compatibility while the user encounters any web page that contains a HTML or XHTML element (special meta element) or the header used with the meta element. In such situations the browser changes to the IE 7 value called the strict mode. The strict mode compatibility belongs to those websites that are developed more complicatedly.
Standard mode is the most commonly used and basic compatibility mode view available with the Internet Explorer web browser 8. If the web pages are not belonged to any of the categories mentioned above, then the IE 8 tool will enable the web page view using the engine included within the software. Such an option is called the standard mode. The web page can choose the compatibility mode by sending the header. The Meta tag also enables the web page to specify the compatibility mode.
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