[thelist] IE7 XP differs from IE7 Vista

graham.hays graham.hays at visualcomputing.co.uk
Wed Mar 11 06:28:50 CDT 2009


> -----Original Message-----
> From: thelist-bounces at lists.evolt.org 
> [mailto:thelist-bounces at lists.evolt.org] On Behalf Of Chris Anderson
> Sent: 11 March 2009 12:03
> To: thelist at lists.evolt.org
> Subject: Re: [thelist] IE7 XP differs from IE7 Vista
> > > They both use the same internal rendering engine: I imagine your 
> > > problem has more to do with different settings on the two 
> browsers - 
> > > probably just zoom/font-size changes.
> > > Try hitting Ctrl+0 on both (resets font size to normal), see if 
> > > anything changes.
> > 
> > Also, the Windows display properties may be configured differently.
> > It might be worth comparing them.
> One point to consider though is that the pages do not need to 
> look preceisely the same on every browser - they just need to 
> not break (i.e. lines that are supposed to line up actually 
> line up, etc)
> Ignoring the fact it looks different on Vista IE, what if I 
> wanted to look at my web pages at 120% or 80%, etc or if I 
> wanted my dpi to be different so I configure my 
> browser/machine to something non-standard?
> If you are seeing actual breaks in the design rather than 
> just a change in size then you need to work on the page 
> rather than try to force the OS/browser to render the same
> It's still worth figuring out what is causing the difference 
> - but not to "fix it", but instead to be able to repro it for 
> testing purposes
> J2pW
> Chris

Good points -- I shall have access to Vista m/c tomorrow and will make a
more thorough list of 'problems' then. (The design doesn't break as such,
clients main complaint is 'if it works fine in Opera, IE5.5, IE6, FF2, FF3
and XP/IE7 why does it scroll in IE7/Vista'.)

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