【Vista之家译】IE8将有什么新功能


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Vista之家译】IE8将有什么新功能?

微软还是没有对外公布有关下一代浏览器IE8的消息.但是在Mix07大会上,IE的架构师Chris Wilson与我们共同分享了一些有关IE未来发展方向的信息.
在“IE的历史与未来”讲话中,Wilson告诉听众们他不会给大家展示IE8的新功能列表,因为他“不被允许这样做”. 不过,他仍然向与会者透露了一点消息,比如微软准备鼓励广大网站建设者尽量去适应页面设计标准.

Wilson也承认,连他自己都不太清楚要怎样去鼓励站长适应页面设计标准.但是让站长适应标准后,他说“我们将有更多自由去开发新的功能”. 

Wilson表示微软将在页面输出、对象模型、Ajax前台方面投入更多精力.同时,微软正在加大力度增强IE8与CSS2.1的兼容性.

当然,Wilson强调,IE8最看重的仍然是安全性.(编辑注:真希望哪天微软可以不看重这个了.) 他还指出,微软不会再等待5年才发布下一个版本的IE(他们上次就等了5年).去年,微软官方表示他们希望每12到18个月就推出一个IE的新版本.但是Wilson表示,就目前看来每两年推出一次比较现实.

如果微软信守承诺,那么IE8将在2008年面世.在今年一月的时候,微软开始从开发者那收集有关IE未来应该添加什么新功能的反馈. 

当然,Wilson谈得最多的还是微软在兼容性和网页标准方面进行的博弈.这可是最让微软头痛的事.毕竟是微软率先抛弃了规则,现在要想走回正途,微软就必须担负起责任,好好考虑如何帮助那些被非标准代码惯坏的设计者们接受新的标准. 

Vista之家特别提供英文原文如下:What’s next for Internet Explorer?

Microsoft still isn't talking specifics in terms of what it plans to deliver as part of the next version of Internet Explorer, IE 8.0. But at the Mix '07 conference in Las Vegas, Chris Wilson, platform architect of Internet Explorer, did share some general directions the team is taking with its next release.

In his "IE Past Present and Future" talk on May 1, Wilson told the standing-room-only audience that he wasn't going to show an IE 8.0 feature list, as he "wasn't allowed to."

However, Wilson did tell attendees that Microsoft is planning to require Web site authors to "opt-in" to standards mode when developing IE 8.0 sites.

"Five years ago, no one in the top 200 Web sites was using standards," Wilson said. "Today it is half of the top 200 Web pages."

Wilson acknowledged that he wasn't sure exactly what form this kind of opt-in would take. But asking authors to opt in will "give us freedom to do some great things," he said. By giving Microsoft permission to make IE 8.0 more standards-complaint, authors will take responsibility for breaking pages.

Wilson said to expect Microsoft to be investing across layout, object model and Ajax development fronts in IE 8.0. Specificially, Wilson said Microsoft is investing in making IE 8.0 more compliant with CSS 2.1 layout standards. Microsoft also is working to make the IE 8.0 object model more interoperable with that used by other browsers, and is looking to provide more client-side application programming interfaces (APIs) to support local storage for mash-ups, Wilson said.

Microsoft is planning to make tweaks to IE that will allow developers to more easily add extensions to its browser, Wilson said. He said Microsoft acknowledged that extensions are powerful but potentially "scary."

He also said to expect Microsoft to continue to invest heavily in advancing its Web development toolbar with the next version of IE.

Wilson reiterated that Microsoft continues to see security as its No. 1 challenge with IE 8.0.

Wilson also noted that Microsoft isn't planning to wait another five years to release its next version of IE (as it did when the company waited five years between IE 6 and IE 7). Last year Microsoft officials said they expected to be able to release new versions of IE every 12 to 18 months, but Wilson said an every-two-year schedule was looking more likely.

Wilson said that a number of people have suggested Microsoft release new versions of IE in service packs or as part of the company's monthly security updates, but that Microsoft has ruled that out, as it would make IE too much of a "moving target."

If Microsoft holds to that schedule, IE 8.0 should ship some time in 2008. In January 2007, Microsoft began gathering feedback from developers on what kinds of features and functionality they'd like to see in IE in the future.

Wilson spent most of his talk focusing on the compatibility vs. standards-compliance connundrum which Microsoft has wrestling with its current and future IE releases. With a half-billion IE users out there, Microsoft takes its responsibility seriously to not break sites without solid reasons, Wilson told attendees.

Any feedback for the IE team as it moves forward with its next release?

      
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