Compatibility View in Internet Explorer 8

When users install Windows Internet Explorer 8, they have a choice about opting in to a list of sites that will be displayed in Compatibility View. Compatibility View helps make Web sites that are designed for older browsers1 look better in Internet Explorer 8.

True, it sounds like such an elegant solution. I am sure The Average User will have a lot of fun deciding whether to browse in compatible mode or not. They could have labeled the button as “Sorry, We Messed it All Up Mode”. Can some leading web expert explain Microsoft the meaning of the word “standard”?

  1. I would guess they mean just older versions of Internet Explorer.