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Chapter 3. Browser Adoption of CSS > Internet Explorer 4.5 (Macintosh) and 5.x ...

3.3. Internet Explorer 4.5 (Macintosh) and 5.x (Windows and Macintosh)

Released back in March 1999, Internet Explorer 5.x was the first version of a major browser that implemented significant CSS properties. But “first” was not “perfect.” Prior to its release, many people had hoped that this version would fully support CSS1, but, unhappily, it did not.

Prior to the release of Internet Explorer 5.x for Windows, Microsoft had made major improvements with the release of the Macintosh 4.5 release of Internet Explorer (IE), adding full or improved support for several CSS elements that were previously unsupported or only partially supported. The work on this browser pointed the way in which CSS support was going. Upon this framework lay the basis of much of the work that was subsequently done to the Windows version of Internet Explorer 5.0. For the most part, Internet Explorer 5.0 handled CSS1 code well. It is worth noting, however, that the Macintosh 4.5 version was actually better in a few cases, such as its more comprehensive handling of the border and background family of elements. In addition to this, it was better when it came to handling the display and float properties (when used on text elements), though significantly, whereas the Windows versions of Internet Explorer 4.0 fully implemented the !important property, Macintosh IE 4.5 did not, so there were important differences between these browsers.


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