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PixelBin says

I finally snapped, and I can’t take this. Modern web designs pretty much require IE6 support, but how the heck can I code for IE6 if modern operating systems such as Vista and 7 (which is what I’m using) don’t even support IE6 ? I need a way that I can cross-browser check IE6 and IE7 . Does anybody have a way they’re willing to share?

Thanks a million!

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digitalimpact says

IE Tester and Multiple IEs

I’ve seen Multiple IEs doesn’t work on every Vista installation, so i’d go with IE Tester… you can test for ie 5.5, 6, 7, 8 with it

Oh and one more thing. Just in case you don’t use it, IE Tabs for Firefox :) Obviously, this one only uses the currently installed IE’s rendering engine. So IE7 on Vista by default. But it really helps speed up things :)

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contempoinc says

+1 for IE Tester

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PixelBin says

I installed IE Tester prior to posting this and had some trouble with it on Windows 7. IE 5 .5 and IE8 (currently installed standalone too) worked fine, but IE7 didn’t seem to display anything at all. As soon as I typed in a URL , it cleared the address bar. And IE6 simply crashed the program altogether.

Multiple IE’s doesn’t even start. I get an error when running IE6 .

I have a feeling your next replies will suggest to get rid of W7, but I really don’t want to because it’s actually usable now (unlike Vista…).

Any help here?

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digitalimpact says

Well, I haven’t tried Windows 7 yet. If you say it works better for you than Vista, you shouldn’t drop it.

I’m pretty sure the guys behind IE Tester will release some fix for this (if that’s possible with W7)

Multiple IEs > seen that coming …

Personally, I have a 4 year old PC that I run XP on, and test for IE6 & 7 behavior under XP. Helps ;) This way I test under both Vista (current PC I ’m writing from) and XP ;)

It’s not the best solution…but maybe you already have an old PC…

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PixelBin says

Actually, I also have Windows XP installed on this PC but as you can imagine, it can be a real burden to switch after every change, and that means I will need to install the same software twice (and in this case, Adobe CS4 package), it’s pretty hefty and will take up a bit of space and memory. Besides, I was thinking of getting rid of XP.

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digitalimpact says

Yeah, running them on the same machine doesn’t help…

When I test, I just have both the new and the old PC started…

While I didn’t know IE7 doesn’t run on Win 7, I’m totally shocked to hear IE5 .5 works in it :O

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PixelBin says

Yes, that was a shocker to me also. Although it displays it horribly (possibly because it displays it that way normally). My websites look horrendous on IE6 and below.

Edit: Nevermind, IE7 works beautifully now. IE6 is still the only one that doesn’t work, it just crashes it instantly.

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MDNW says

I personally use Litmus – you have to pay for it, but the cost of the monthly subscription pays for itself with a handful of sales and its WELL worth the price to get snapshots of all browsers within a few minutes – plus they save the history of updates for all of your active test-projects, which is super handy.

http://litmusapp.com/

One caveat is that it won’t let you actually interact with each browser – for that I use the FF3 Xenocode plugin – it crashes with a high frequency if you leave it open, but it works fine to test out whether or not a particular jQuery function will play well with IE6 or any other browser.

http://www.xenocode.com/Browsers/

Hope that helps – great topic :)

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One caveat is that it won’t let you actually interact with each browser – for that I use the FF3 Xenocode plugin – it crashes with a high frequency if you leave it open, but it works fine to test out whether or not a particular jQuery function will play well with IE6 or any other browser.

http://www.xenocode.com/Browsers/

Hope that helps – great topic :)

Wow! THANK YOU ! This is perfect! Looks like it works so far, and it’s fast to use!

Thank you so much! Now I can finally finish my theme I’ve been working on for 3 weeks… :)

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