check my web page on IE?

Discussion in 'Web Design and Development' started by irwin209, Mar 23, 2008.

  1. irwin209 macrumors newbie

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    I am into web design. I would like to check my web page on IE. Is there any program that will let me load IE on my Mac book pro. I do not want to put microsoft Xp through parallels or fusion. How do Web Desingers build web sites with there Mac's?

    Thank you Ralph Irwin irwin209@verizon.net
     
  2. rogersmj macrumors 68020

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    Testing on Windows through Parallels or VMWare Fusion (or Boot Camp, although that is really inconvenient) is the only way to properly test. You can try loading IE 6/7 on OS X using Windows environment emulators (like WINE), but the experience and rendering is not always the same. I tried it and ditched it after less than a day. Like it or not, 80%+ of web users out there use IE 6 or 7, and you must test for them in the same environment they use. That's why Parallels is one of the first things I open every day at work. It's a necessary evil, but as a responsible designer you have to cater to those users by looking at the web site as they would look at it.
     
  3. tominated macrumors 68000

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    use this website:
    ipinfo.info/netrenderer/index.php

    just typ in a URL and it will show a screenshot of it in IE5.5, 6.0, 7.0 and 8.0 beta
     
  4. OttawaGuy macrumors 6502a

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  5. rogersmj macrumors 68020

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    I tried that, but I found it didn't always render fonts faithfully.

    And "screenshotting" websites just get tedious to use after while.
     
  6. angelwatt Moderator emeritus

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    ies4osx may not be perfect, but it does render about 95% correctly in things I've tested, and is better than setting up a virtual machine.
     
  7. HaGG macrumors member

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    The site tominated recommended (netrenderer) is great, I've been using it for a while now.
     
  8. notnek macrumors 6502

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  9. rogersmj macrumors 68020

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    It's not "better" than setting up a virtual machine...it may be cheaper and easier, so if that works for you then great. But a VM lets you actually see it as your users will see it, so if you have to be very precise/very sure of your rendering, the best thing to do is actually run Windows. For basic layout checking though, I agree IEs4osx would probably do fine.
     
  10. angelwatt Moderator emeritus

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    Yeah, I meant "better" in terms of being cheaper, easier to setup, and takes up less HD space. Though for professional sites when it's very important to have things render perfectly, a virtual machine would be better. For my own web site it renders 100% correctly with ies4osx so I don't need any virtual machines. Though I may start warning users with IE that they're running out of date software to try an get them to upgrade.
     

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