Update your site to web standards
Today, users can choose from a variety of modern web browsers, including Internet Explorer 10. In order to take advantage of the rich capabilities of most modern-day web browsers, while continuing to provide a satisfactory experience on older browsers, design your websites using features based on established standards, such as HTML5, Cascading Style Sheets, Level 3 (CSS3), and Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG). This section highlights topics that help you update your site to web standards.
Windows Internet Explorer 9 supports a variety of established and emerging standards, such as HTML5, CSS3, SVG, and others. For Internet Explorer 9 to display a webpage that uses features from one or more of these standards, the webpage must be displayed in IE9 Standards mode.
This topic helps you learn how to use the F12 developer tools to research and identify a problem related to the document type of a webpage.
This article shows how to use feature detection to verify support for standards-based featured and demonstrates different ways to detection features effectively.
This article shows how to create effective strategies that allow webpages to display correctly when viewed with web browsers that do not support features defined by stable, widely supported standards.
The Windows Internet Explorer Compatibility Cookbooks provide information about changes to Internet Explorer, including new features, changed features, and features that have been superceded or replaced. New topics will be added as features are modified and as user feedback identifies areas where more information is needed.
- Learn HTML5 in Five Minutes
- Leave No Browser Behind: An HTML5 Adoption Strategy
- Browser and Feature Detection: Make Your Website Look Great Everywhere
- A Best Practice for Programming with Vendor Prefixes
If you're creating a new website or a new site design, be sure to be Creating Standards-Enabled Websites.
Review the Internet Explorer Compatibility Cookbooks for help troubleshooting issues that you might encounter.
- Use the Compat Inspector to identify potential issues with your existing design.
- Move to Standards-based Web Graphics.
- Be aware of Interoperable HTML5 Quirks Mode in Internet Explorer 10 and Windows Store apps.
- Fix common Internet Explorer problems, by Rey Bango
- Using F12 Developer Tools to Debug HTML and CSS
- Investigating Document Mode Issues
- Review the compatibility cookbooks
It's one thing to recognize that you need to create standards-enabled websites, but another to know how to do that, especially if you're used to older techniques and processes.
- Defining Document Compatibility
- Understanding the Compatibility View List
- Accelerate Enterprise Compatibility, by Chris Jackson.