Test Your Site in IE with IETester
Oh, Internet Explorer. I dream one day you will be given corporeal existence, so that I may kill you.
In the mean time, however, sites still have to be designed to meet web standards and then hacked for IE. Refusal to do so invites a parade of IE-noobs (noobIEs?) to beat a path straight to your office door.*
This leads to several issues:
- Although IE 7 has been out for coming up on 2 years, some users (who should be beaten) and some enterprise IT groups (who should be beaten and then shot) are sticking with 6. Which means you'll be getting a fair number of visits from both browsers. Vista's failure to impress anybody hasn't helped on this front.
- IE 6 and IE 7 render web pages totally differently. And, in a genius move, IE 6 and IE 7 can't be installed on the same machine at the same time without a lot of seriously icky and (since Windows runs on the explorer shell) potentially dangerous hacking. Which makes testing your web site on both a royal pain.
Enter IETester. From the web site:
Basically it has isolated the various browser dll’s from each IE version, puts them in stand-alone folders, and loads them in separate MDI windows on request (I’m speculating here). So you can view and interact with your site in a number of different IE versions, including the new IE 8 beta.
IETester is a huge help for web developers. Though it only runs on Windows, at least you won’t be jockeying with a couple of virtual machines to see your site in various IE versions, which is what I had been doing previously (which followed some ugly dll hacking, which was in turn preceded by drinking). It isn’t open source, but the current Alpha release is free and usable.
*Believe me, I’ve tried it. I think some of those noobs had torches and pitchforks.