Today started out as a normal day and ended up as being one of the most interesting days in the history of web development.
First, Microsoft announced a change in the way Internet Explorer 8 will work. Instead of defaulting to IE7′s rendering mode and forcing developers to opt-in to the “super standards” mode, IE8 will now be in super standards mode by default and developers can opt-out to the IE7 rendering mode. This is huge news and somewhat surprising given Microsoft’s earlier announcement of how IE8 would work.
Unlike a lot of people, I really didn’t have a problem with the original proposal, and I also don’t have a problem with this one. I think both show that Microsoft is listening to web developers and is really trying to do the right thing.