Internet Explorer 9: more speed and unique dialing

Microsoft continues to communicate in the future Internet Explorer 9. Eight weeks after the first preview of the platform, the second version was released (downloadable here), which presents the progress of the rendering engine. A unique approach to the history of Internet Explorer.

This second preview focused on HTML5 performance, standards support, and hardware acceleration. Thus, it shows a score of 68/100 in the test of compliance with Acid3 standards, compared to 55/100 for the first version. The development team explains, however, that it seeks to optimize future uses with these technologies rather than pure compliance with standards. For reference, the latest versions of Opera, Chrome, and Safari show a score of 100/100 when Firefox 3.6 limits it to 94/100.

Watch the IE9 performance comparison here in the video.

A new series of internal tests has also been published. It aims to demonstrate the performance of IE9 hardware acceleration in the animation of HTML5, CSS3, javascript and SVG objects.

The main goal is to reconnect with the website developer community. Many believe that the stagnation of Internet Explorer 6 dragged the web for many years, for example, causing Google to stop supporting it. Interest in HTML5 or the WOFF font format is a sign of this.

For the end of concrete developments

As stated by Dean Hachamovitch, head of division in late April), Microsoft sees the future of the web in HTML5 and puts the means to support it. A new agreement has now been added to his speech: interoperability between websites.

For a site to be displayed the same way in all browsers, a developer must create several specific style sheets. A frequent waste of time with Internet Explorer 6 and 7.

In a post on IEBlog, he states that “web browsers should represent the same markup (the same HTML, CSS and scripts) in the same way.” According to him, this is still not the case today, even among the latest browsers in CSS3.

He also believes that “allowing the same markup to work the same way across different browsers is as critical to HTML5’s success as performance,” which is what major browsers are focusing most of their efforts on right now. With that in mind, Microsoft has just introduced a new set of HTML5 tests to the W3C, some of which are available here.

“When we work with HTML5, we look at the specification. We want to implement it consistently, so that it works equally well in all browsers, judging by the performance. We want you to have a very fast experience,” he insists.

During the Web 2.0 Expo conference held on Wednesday, Giorgio Sardo, Microsoft’s Web Technical Evangelist, highlighted the way to integrate multiple rendering engines into a single browser, as already offered by Internet Explorer 8 or Google Connector for IE, Chrome Frame

Next step: Canvas?

The software is still in development. Aside from the bimonthly Platform Preview, no release date has been revealed for a beta or final release.

Microsoft says it is interested in the integration of Canvas, an important element of HTML5 that allows the representation of programmatic drawings, both in 2D and 3D. For example, it allows you to create 3D software (including video games) directly in your browser.

A “very large specification” that will take time to integrate according to Giorgio Sardo, despite the disagreement of Dion Almaer of Palm, who believes that Microsoft could integrate it into DirectX. “It simply came to our notice then
[dans Firefox] five years ago. It is easy. »He adds Brendan Eich of Mozilla.

Still, Redmond, despite its new passion for standard technologies, has embarked on the path of the patented H.264 video codec. Unique bookmarking for a proprietary website?

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