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Help Microsoft Test Site Rendering With New IE8 Add-on

If you're running the IE8 Beta, Microsoft has put out a new tool that can help them identify web pages with rendering problems in the new Standards mode. I'm not sure how they are going to address it internally, but hey, at least we can start going through all the pages that need to be fixed. Ironically, the add-on's MSDownloads page was the first one I submitted.'s personalized page was the second.

From the download:

The Report a Webpage Problem Internet Explorer Add-on appears as a toolbar button and a “Report a Webpage Problem...” item on the Tools menu.

When the toolbar button is clicked or the menu item is chosen, the control takes a screenshot of the web page currently being viewed. A new tab is then opened containing a report submission form. A scaled down version of the screenshot will be visible at the bottom, and the user has a choice of whether or not to include the full-sized screenshot (choosing No to the “Include Screenshot?” question means no screenshot will be sent).

On the report submission page, the user also has the option to select a category best representing their observed problem. This category selection will be part of the report information returned to Microsoft.
A 1000 character limit comment field is provided, if the user chooses to include some description of the problem.

Additional data included in the report:

  • The protocol type (http, res, file, etc.) of the URL being reported.
  • The complete URL.
  • A numerical value representing the Document mode.
  • For more information about what data is sent and how it is used, see the Privacy Statement

Please visit the IE Beta Forum to enter bug reports, comments, and suggestions

It's an easy way to help make sure the web is ready for IE8. Do your part. Download it now.

Posted on Mar 06 2008, 09:14 PM by Robert McLaws
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