Back in January, Microsoft proudly said that Internet Explorer 8 had passed Acid2 web standards test. It was said that Internet Explorer 8 will renders pages in the same way as IE7 by default. Web developers prefer standard mode of rendering pages, and obviously they were quite unhappy about the whole thing because it required us to add extra lines of code to make the pages render in the super-standard mode.
Fortunately, Microsoft had their ears open, and they’ve decided to render all pages in the super-standard mode by default. Here’s what IEBlog had to say about the change in their thinking:
"We think that acting in accordance with principles is important, and IE8′s default is a demonstration of the interoperability principles in action. While we do not believe any current legal requirements would dictate which rendering mode a browser must use, this step clearly removes this question as a potential legal and regulatory issue"
Again, this is a step in the right direction. Sticking to web standards will just make more web developers to show a friendly stance to IE, but I’m wonder how long will it take for IE8 to gain dominance after it gets released. Because web developers won’t have any effect, until majority of users start using Internet Explorer 8.