IE8 is here.

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Windows Internet Explorer 8 is here. This is the first launch of IE that I’ve been excited about in a long time. Why? With full support for CSS 2.1, it’s now a standards-compliant browser. (It also supports CSS 3.0 in a limited capacity.) Sure, it’s now one more browser to account for, but if your site works properly in newer versions Firefox, Safari, Chrome, Opera, etc… chances are it will work in IE8. If you’re unsure of how to fix any issues your site might have in Internet Explorer 8, but it works fine in previous versions, forcing legacy rendering is as easy as adding a meta tag:

<meta http-equiv="X-UA-Compatible" content="IE=EmulateIE7" />

OR, on a per-site basis, add the HTTP header: X-UA-Compatible: IE=EmulateIE7

For more information, please see: Standards by Default: What Does it Mean?

Help the Snook Family

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Jonathan Snook is an amazing web developer, author and all-around great guy. Him and his wife have adopted two children and were planning on trying to adopt a third at some point in the near future… An opportunity to adopt has presented itself a little earlier than they had planned. Adoptions can be quite expensive. They’ve completely self-funded the other adoptions, but they weren’t fully financially prepared for this opportunity. (And they were reticent to ask for help, until they mentioned what they were trying to do to a group of us.) Would you consider helping them out, or spreading the word?  Every little bit will help.

If you’d like to learn more about what they’re trying to do, please check out: http://snook.ca/adoption/