Monday, 17 January 2011
Internet Explorer: Real World Compatibility Examples
I was asked last week for some real world examples of some application compatibility issues. Especially, an example of the kinds of compatibility issues that we might experience with Microsoft's Internet Explorer version 8 (IE8).
Quite amusingly, while I was on the phone with the guy, I was trying to book some parking here in the UK. Specifically, using the NCP car park website, which I have included a screen-shot here;
I immediately hit the following Microsoft Security error;
This is quite a simple issue and relates to how a web page uses a mixture of secure objects (HTTPS) and most likely non-secure images (HTTP) or other content. Under Internet Explorer 6 (IE6) this is not an issue as IE6 does not check for secure and non-secure sources.
And then we see the next issue, is that page does not complete correctly due to scripting errors as demonstrated here;
Here is a sample from the AOK Browse-It results;
Note: It looks like more than one page is going to have a security issue under Internet Explorer 8. In fact, from we can see from this screen-shot, exactly 14 pages will generate the IE8 security box.
If you are interested in other websites (URL's) that also experience these types of Internet Explorer application compatibility issues, have a look at the following short list;
https://www.linkedin.com (if you fail to login correctly)