Thought: Internet Explorer 8

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Don’t get me wrong: on balance, I’m thrilled with the standards support in Internet Explorer 8. But I’ll highlight two areas that really disappoint me. The first is the fact that IE’s proprietary event system is here to stay. The second is that, apart from generated content, giant parts of CSS 2.1 are still unsupported (like :first-child). This dilutes the value of IE8’s support for the Selectors API. If you’re running the beta, this test page will tell you whether it groks a particular selector. I’m sure all this will come up at select SXSWi panels.