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 12:06 pm on Jun 28, 2001 (gmt 0)


I was wondering if I.E. was like Netscrape in you can have multiple versions installed on one PC?

Thanks in advance,




 12:18 pm on Jun 28, 2001 (gmt 0)

This is easy when the PC is a Mac! ;) You can even run multiple versions at once.

I believe the most simple way to do this on a Wintel box is to have multiple copies and versions of Windows installed on partitions of a hard drive, and to reboot from the proper version.


 6:13 pm on Jun 28, 2001 (gmt 0)

Other than the partition thing MacGuru mentioned, the answer really is no. So if you are looking for something to do with that old 486 in the closet, you now have an excuse to dust it off.


 11:20 am on Jul 2, 2001 (gmt 0)

Thank you. Now where is the dust buster at?



 11:27 am on Jul 8, 2001 (gmt 0)

I have just upgraded from IE4 to IE5.5 by downloading from microsoft site. Instead of having microsoft install I selected to save to disk, I also chose to choose which componenets downloaded. Within that section I was given the option of keeping IE4 and having IE5.5 separate. Although I could not then use IE4 for email etc etc it could only be used for browsing. Dont know whether that info helps at all. I now have both versions so can easily view my web pages in both vaersions


 1:40 am on Jul 9, 2001 (gmt 0)

I remember reading somewhere that you could install a 16 bit version of IE 3 on a machine with IE 4 or 5 without any conflicts. However, I haven't tried this, and I can't find the page I read this on.


 3:35 am on Jul 9, 2001 (gmt 0)

While we're here, I'm wondering if it's really necessary to have several different versions of MSIE. A tool like Browserola can strip away tags that particular browsers don't understand, but are there any fundamental rendering differences between the different versions of MSIE? In other words, if a page looks good in MSIE 5, and doesn't have any tags that older versions won't understand, will it still look good in the older versions?


 1:43 am on Jul 10, 2001 (gmt 0)

Testing CSS is one reason for having multiple browsers. For instance, IE 3 will completely choke on a lot of standards compliant CSS...but so will Netscape 4.x ;) It's not just HTML you've got to worry about either...There's DHTML, Java, JavaScript, and a host of other technologies you may be using on your site. It's always better to check on these older browsers to make sure your site degrades as gracefully as possible.

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