The Good, the Bad, the Ugly: Testing IE7's CSS2 Support

Now that IE has a public beta for version 7, and being the morbidly curious web developer that I am, I decided to take a peek and see what kind of hell I'll be living in for the next five years. The results? Instead of dying of stress-related heart failure in my late thirties, I'll be a worn out shell of a man hanging on well into my forties. W00T!

But seriously, while IE is improving, it still has a long way to go, as evidenced by this test suite of some glaring IE CSS deficiencies. (I'm not even going to attempt viewing the Acid 2 test in IE7 until I back up my hard drive.) Here are some of the hilights:

The Good: adjacent selectors, first child pseudo-classes, child selectors, attribute selectors and multiple class selectors work. Fixed positioning works, and fixed background attachment works properly. Box overflow works like it's supposed to, instead of the box expanding. The sound you hear is years collectively being added to the lives of web designers worldwide.

The Bad: No max/min-width/height support. No CSS table display support. Dang. With these two things, life as a web developer would almost be, dare I say, easy?

The Ugly: E7 still positions backgrounds from the outer border edge, not the padding edge. Still no support for border-spacing. There are still some box model inconsistencies.

So all in all, I raise my glass to the IE team, but I also say "keep working." I'm looking at you, IE 8.

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My name is Greg Reimer and I'm a web technologist for the Sun.COM web design team.

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