Internet Explorer 10 preview available for download

Posted on Tuesday, Apr 12 2011 @ 22:02 CEST by Thomas De Maesschalck
Microsoft has published a preview of Internet Explorer 10, you can test drive it over here.
Internet Explorer 10 Platform Preview 1 is the first public preview of the IE10 web platform. In this release, we are showcasing support for CSS3 Flexbox, CSS3 Grid Alignment, CSS3 Multi-column, CSS3 Gradients on background-images and ECMAScript5 Strict Mode.

Breaking Changes
Event object's 'trusted' property
In recent changes to the W3C DOM Level 3 Events specification's Last Call feedback, the working group elected to change the 'trusted' property to 'isTrusted' to match the property of the same name and semantics in Mozilla browsers. IE's implementation of this property has been adjusted to match.

DOM Programmability
Invoking cached DOM functions without using the dot (.) notation and without using call/apply/bind now throws script errors. The previously supported legacy function invocation pattern has been removed for better interoperability and standards support: var g = document.getElementById; g(‘test’); // Now throws an exception Enumeration of DOM objects previously only included properties and event handlers. With IE9 and IE10 standards mode, enumeration now includes functions as well. Support for invoking collection objects as functions (rather than array-indexing): document.images(0) has been removed from the following collection objects: HTMLFormElement, window.frames, document.frames, NodeList.

HTCs / VBScript
HTML Components (HTC) and VBScript code when used inside of an IE9 or IE10 standards mode page are no longer executed in compatibility view. Consequently, DOM APIs used by the HTC or VBScript code now behave according to the IE standards mode version of the same APIs.

DOM Properties in Attributes Collection
Properties set on DOM objects no longer appear in the attributes collection (NamedNodeMap) and vice versa in IE9 or IE10 standards mode. This change also aligns IE’s programmability model with current standards and interoperability.

About the Author

Thomas De Maesschalck

Thomas has been messing with computer since early childhood and firmly believes the Internet is the best thing since sliced bread. Enjoys playing with new tech, is fascinated by science, and passionate about financial markets. When not behind a computer, he can be found with running shoes on or lifting heavy weights in the weight room.

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