Cross-Platform Functionality

Note  As of December 2011, this topic has been archived and is no longer actively maintained. For more information, see Archived Content. For information, recommendations, and guidance regarding the current version of Windows Internet Explorer, see Internet Explorer Developer Center.

Obsolete. With Microsoft Internet Explorer 4.0, content authors can easily create pages that run on all platforms—the 32-bit Windows platforms, Windows 3.1, Macintosh, and UNIX. In particular, core Dynamic HTML (DHTML) and Microsoft Active Channel functionality are cross-platform.

Dynamic HTML Support

The following DHTML features are supported across platforms.

  • Full CSS 1 Core
  • CSS–Positioning
  • DHTML–Dynamic Styles
  • DHTML–Stylesheet Object Model
  • DHTML–Element Collection
  • DHTML–Event Model
  • DHTML–Core Dynamic Content: innerHTML, outerHTML, and associated methods
  • Data Binding
  • HTML 4 support
  • HTML dialog boxes

Active Channel Support

The following Active Channel functionality is supported across platforms.

  • General CDF support
  • Subscriptions, notification, offline reading

Other Features

In addition, several features are available on some platforms but will degrade gracefully on other platforms.

  • CSS Filters and Transitions. On some platforms, the filters and transitions may degrade to a basic filter or transition effect.
  • Font Download. If a platform does not support font download, another font already on the computer will be substituted for the specified font.
  • User Profile–Object Model. If a platform does not support this feature, it will appear as though the user has disabled it.

Win32 Premium Platforms

In addition to the cross-platform functionality, the versions of Internet Explorer 4.0 for the 32-bit Windows platforms (Windows 95, Windows 98, Windows 2000) support additional premium functionality, including:

  • Multimedia controls
  • DHTML–Extended Dynamic Content: the TextRange, Table object model, and associated methods
  • Data Binding–Remote Data Service
  • XML parser ActiveX control
  • Active Channels: page hit logging
  • Active Channels: display as screen saver
  • Active Channels: display as desktop component