[thelist] browser emulation

Ken Snyder kendsnyder at gmail.com
Thu Jul 26 12:51:48 CDT 2007

Luther, Ron wrote:
> Hi Phil,
> Why emulate?  Nothing's better than the real thing!
> If you have enough real and/or virtual machines, load them up with
> different browsers here:
> http://browsers.evolt.org/
> HTH,
> RonL.
That's my experience as well.  Having my network guy setup some Windows 
XP virtual machines is the only solution that worked for me.  I just 
click an RDP icon to get to the virtual machine I want and it runs very 
quickly on the same network.  You can, for example, have one virtual 
machine for IE 5.5, IE 6 sp1, IE 6 sp2 and use IE 7 on your development 

The treadsoft solution does not allow cookies and may not use the proper 
js engine.  The Microsoft Virtual PC solution is hard to install, runs 
very slowly, and is unable to access localhost on the host machine.

The bottom line is that IE is so closely integrated with the operating 
system (security, jscript engine, cookies, activex) that it is nearly 
impossible to have two fully separate and working IE 
versions--especially ever since the XP sp2 upgrades that beefed up 
security and such.

-- Ken

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