Microsoft releases Compat Inspector for Internet Explorer 10

Microsoft has made available Compat Inspector for their under development Internet Explorer 10 browser.

Microsoft releases Compat Inspector for Internet Explorer 10

The company said:

Use Compat Inspector to quickly identify if Internet Explorer platform changes affect your site. Whether you’re preparing for IE10 or still updating for IE9, run Compat Inspector on any page experiencing problems. Then watch for messages explaining potential issues and steps you can take to resolve them.

What exactly is Compat Inspector?

Compat Inspector is a JavaScript-based testing tool that analyzes your site while it runs. Compat Inspector reports patterns of interaction which cause issues in recent modes. This allows you to identify problems quickly without memorizing a bunch of documentation or searching through the entirety of your site’s code. We developed Compat Inspector during the course of IE9 to speed up the process of recognizing common issues across different sites and have now updated it for IE10. Along the way, many members of the IE team contributed to the set of test cases that make up the rules in Compat Inspector.

Compat Inspector is designed to help sites migrating to IE9 or IE10 modeā€”not those running in legacy modes. You can test sites that run in legacy modes by selecting a more recent mode via the F12 developer tools. Just press F12 to open the tools, click on “Document Mode” in the menu bar, then select “Standards”. You may need to refer to more detailed documentation such as the IE9 Compatibility Cookbook or the IE10 Developer Guide for some issues. The best pattern is to use Compat Inspector first, then fall back to the documentation if nothing is found.

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