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Designing for different IE versions

What IE versions do you ”target” when you design eBooks?
There are differences in how CSS-styles sheets are implemented between IE5.x and IE6.

I realize that the actual IE version installed (thus the one used by Activ EC)  must depend on how updated the windows operating system is, but what is your recommendation here?

Any thoughts/news on future IE (7+) out there yet?


Posted on: 11:43 am on March 15, 2006
EBookCompiler Personally I always use the basic tags to try and make the ebook work with 4 and later.

If you want to get fancy and use the latest snazzy features, then you'll need to warn your users that they need IE version X or later.    

Posted on: 12:30 pm on March 15, 2006
Storyman Jaxz,

Are you asking about DOC Type? I use transitional and find that it works well.

<!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD XHTML 1.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/xhtml1/DTD/xhtml1-transitional.dtd">

<html xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">

The URL may not be necessary, but it doesn't hurt.

Posted on: 4:15 pm on March 15, 2006
jaxz What versions of IE correspond to various windows versions?

eg, how old must a system be to only include IE 4; 5; 6 ?!

I seem to recall downloading and installing IE 5 back in 1999 - so that was not part of the WIN-NT I used at the time.

My audience are mostly using  non-IE browsers like Firefox, Opera etc, but they still have some IE version installed as part of their operating system.


Posted on: 10:19 am on March 16, 2006
Storyman Can you have someone from your target group that has an older browser download a sample ebook to see if it works?

Is there any reason you're customers are unlikely to upgrade their version of IE to something more current?

If your customer will be using IE 4 you may have some problems with CSS. You may want to verify that the CSS you're using is compatible with IE4. IE5? As for which version of IE came with which version of Windows, I can't say. I am of a mind not to focus on older browsers since free upgrades are available.

Posted on: 4:13 pm on March 16, 2006
EBookCompiler Win NT 4, shipped with IE2 or IE3.  You had to install IE4 separately (in fact some admin tools didn't work unless you did)

Win 95, sometimes shipped with IE4, and sometimes didn't. It mayhave been on a separate CD.

Later Windows versions?  No idea

Posted on: 1:24 am on March 17, 2006


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