On what marks a surely glorious day in the web developer world, Microsoft have done a complete U-Turn on their decision to force developers to use tags which make IE8 render in standards mode. Apparently the browser will now render in standards mode via default.
Dean Hachamovitch, General Manager of Internet Explorer stated…
“We’ve decided that IE8 will, by default, interpret web content in the most standards compliant way it can. This decision is a change from what we’ve posted previously. Microsoft recently published a set of Interoperability Principles. Thinking about IE8’s behaviour with these principles in mind, interpreting web content in the most standards compliant way possible is a better thing to do.”
So from this we can see that Microsoft are actually starting to take standards seriously which is good news for everyone since IE has been a pain to develop for.
You can find out more on the official Microsoft blog