Verifying in IE

Jonathan Duncan jonathan at
Fri May 11 10:28:18 MDT 2012

On 11 May 2012, at 09:33, Lane Brooks wrote:

> I developed a simple registration web page for a non-profit fundraiser. 
> I have a virtualbox installation of windows xp that I run out of linux 
> to check functionality on IE, but I have only been verifying in IE8. I 
> just received word of a user having problems on IE7, though. My page is 
> pretty simple, so I thought I was safe from needing to figure out how to 
> install different versions of IE for testing, but now it looks like I 
> need to. Given that web development is not my area of expertise and 
> given that it has been probably ten years since I have used windows more 
> than just occasionally, I was hoping people in the area of web 
> development could offer insight on how to install and test with multiple 
> versions of IE.
> From my google searches, it seems different versions of IE cannot be 
> co-installed, but I have found sights offering executable downloads that 
> supposedly include all the IE versions. They seem more like Trogan 
> Horses to me. Other sites seem to indicate you need to use a different 
> virtual machine for each version of IE you want to test with. If that is 
> the case, I can clone my current virtual machine, but then how do I 
> downgrade IE? The information I get from googling is contradictory and 
> hard to know who to trust. Is there not some sort of Microsoft issued 
> developer package with all the versions of IE that you can co-install on 
> one machine? If not, how do Microsoft employees verify their web pages 
> across their multiple browsers?
What if you were to detect IE and if found display an unobtrusive message that their browsing experience may be impaired by the use of their current browser.  Then suggest a link or two for more acceptable browsers.  ;)

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