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The Beat Goes On For Internet Explorer: Page 6 of 7

Large Scale Deployments And Beyond

For enterprise deployment, administrators can use the Internet Explorer Administrator's Kit (IEAK) for IE7 to customize all settings for the browser, then create deployment copies on CD or host them on a server. The kit also allows administrators to reconfigure an existing installation of IE7 without needing to reinstall anything. This kit is quite similar to the earlier versions of IEAK, but adds support for the new IE features and lock-down settings.

From the Microsoft Web site, developers can download the IE Developer Toolbar, which appears as a panel on the browser window (per tab). When browsing, the panel displays the DOM contents from the active Web page and lets the developer test changes directly by making the page WYSIWYG editable. While this tool lets users play with any Web page, changes made won't affect live pages because that would require FTP access to the site to update the file for everyone else.

The world has waited with bated breath wondering if IE7 would muster CSS 2 support and pass the Acid2 test. The answer is, it won't. The features that make Acid2 work properly are on the wish list for IE7, but they aren't priority items because Acid2 isn't by design a compliance test, but merely a check for supported features. The new browser has added support for CSS 2.1 Selectors, transparent alpha channel PNG images, and so forth. So it's a mixed bag for folks expecting full compliance with CSS standards.

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