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SharePoint 2010 over IE 9: The perfect combination

The upcoming version of Internet Explorer is near at first public beta. The main features of the new Microsoft Browser is focused on performance and web standard compliance. Over the last couple of weeks the last technical preview was released and the first public beta will be released on 15. September 2010.

One of the new mayor benefits in IE9 is a whole new reengineered Javascript engine named Chakra. It has the ability for better useage of multi core CPU’s. In the SharePoint 2010 the new user interface use many javascript for rendering the menus. So what could be better as a solid fast browser engine.

First of all the good news. SharePoint 2010 and IE9 works as expected, which i find quite impressing for a pre-beta technical preview. As expected the Performance of SharePoint 2010 is much more better than on IE8. Currently i haven’t done any benchmarks but from my point of view loading IE9 loads 50% faster than IE8.

If do a test yourself you must be carful because IE9 try to load SharePoint 2010 in IE8 document mode. This behaviour could be switched using “Debug” menu or simply press ALT+9 Shortcut. Only with those setting you will get the best out of performance.

The latest pre-beta of IE9 is avaliable
Hopefully the beta will do the job quite well too.

Let’s give it a try and tell me what you think about SharePoint 2010 and IE9.

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HTML 5 Rocks – Where to find information ?

Nearly thirteen years ago i wanted to start building web sites. I asked a friend who already was familiarly with HTML how to learn The answer was simple “Go to Read HTML specification. Read CSS specification. After you know all those specification”. At this time it sound like a useful information to me. I learned those specification and start writing.

Nowadays i’m right back where is started. I started reading HTML5 and CSS3 specification again. The reason for this is simple. Good HTML 5 informations are hard to find and the only facts are those specifications. Most of the information i found on the web are wrong or just partial right.

Probably the best information to learn from is the HTML Working Group. The maintainer of the HTML 5 specification. For some defined html tags in the specification there are a remark on supporting browser too and you find useful examples.

Afraid of using HTML5 today ? Don’t be scared you can use it, even if someone uses IE6. Bruce Lawson have some really good information on HTML5. His test page introduces new tags like:

  • <header>
  • <nav>
  • <article>
  • <aside>
  • <footer>

Those are the prime information for me at the moment.

A bad example on HTML5 is It deals a nice graphic on HTML5 and CSS3 from a browser point of view. The problem with this site is the mixture no HTML5 features and false information. For example SVG, Geolocation are not defined in the HTML5 or CSS3 specification. The caniuse site is useful but html5 readiness puts in a wrong context.

Googles provide a great range of information but it has the same mixture of no HTML5 features. So you won’t get exactly a clue what HTML5 really is.

Alt those information has a right to exist, but i really like hard facts more.

Soon i will provide more useful information on HTML5.