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Testing sites with Multiple IE versions

Is there an easy way to install/test against multiple Internet Explorer versions?  I am aware that one option may be a VM or such.  I would prefer to have multiple versions of Internet Explorer on a single desktop that I can switch between.  I am mostly concerned with testing IE 5+ if that makes any difference.

Thanks,
---Seeker

Seeker
Friday, May 14, 2004

If you are just testing web pages then any HTML editor, includiing Front Page or Arachnophilia has a preview feature for any browser you have installed.

Stephen Jones
Friday, May 14, 2004

The trouble is that having different versions of IE side-by-side on the same machine is usually impossible.

Check out http://www.browsercam.com , although that only shows you the visuals -- I don't think it will allow you to test interactions.

I use multiple VMs with VMWare.

Joel Spolsky
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Friday, May 14, 2004

Browsercam doesn't, its a static view, but it did help me fix CSS bugs in IE for the Mac.

Simon Lucy
Friday, May 14, 2004

If I'm on a PC, how do I test Mac renderings?  Is using browser cam or something similar the only way?

nathan
Friday, May 14, 2004

Just call me psychic.

Simon Lucy
Friday, May 14, 2004

This works reasonably well: Standalone Internet Explorer - http://www.skyzyx.com/downloads/

Duncan Smart
Friday, May 14, 2004

Nathan, for Mac, check out Basilisk II or Softmac. Of course they for 68K machines only, but I use Basilisk on XP with iCab and it is pretty stable.

KayJay
Friday, May 14, 2004

KayJay -

That's pretty cool, but I need to test on Mac OSX.  I'm tempted to purchase the bare minimum that will run OSX just for testing purposes.  There's gotta be a way to get around doing that though...

nathan
Friday, May 14, 2004

Try http://www.insert-title.com/web_design/?page=articles/dev/multi_IE

John Topley (www.johntopley.com)
Friday, May 14, 2004

try http://www.danvine.com/icapture/ , it is like browsercam, but specifically for the Mac.

Just me (Sir to you)
Friday, May 14, 2004

Safari uses Konqueror to do its rendering.  You may be able to get away with testing with that on a linux box.

Otherwise I think the cheapest new Mac you can get is the $800 eMac.

--oren

Oren Miller
Friday, May 14, 2004

http://www.insert-title.com/web_design/?page=articles/dev/multi_IE

Anonynony
Friday, May 14, 2004

I run the multiple browser stuff rom Skyzyx (you can see I'm the person who verified that they work on Windows Server 2003, since that my development OS). It absolutely works great!

Brad Wilson (dotnetguy.techieswithcats.com)
Friday, May 14, 2004

You need to test with as many browsers as possible, but forget IE earlier than 5. You also must test Mozilla, Netscape, but most of all, Opera. This browser is not only superior to most others in speed and security, but it is also the pickiest in terms ofHTML compliance. Also test NetCaptor (which attempts to correct the worst user interface flaws of IE - good luck), and WebTV.

Data Miner
Friday, May 14, 2004

Thanks for all the replies. 

To clarify, I am testing on the Opera and Mozilla platforms as well, but  I don' have a problem switching between versions for those as they actually have real install/uninstall capability.

Seeker
Sunday, May 16, 2004

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