IE6 Testing

A lot of project requirements still include Internet Explorer 6 in compatibility requirements, but unless you are running Windows OS pre-XP, there are problems installing (thanks top Microsoft’s “lets make life harder” policy to software upgrades).

ietesterThere are simulators, but found excellent free software which does a fair job of emulation. IETester is a free WebBrowser that allows you to have the rendering and javascript engines of IE8, IE7 IE 6 and IE5.5 on Windows 7, Vista and XP, as well as the installed IE in the same process.

There is alternative, running Virtual Machine (IE6 and IE7 Running on a Single Machine)

Now you can install IE7 on your main machine for development, and get all the advantages of IE7, like the RSS platform, native XMLHTTP stack, and improved security, while still running IE6 simultaneously in the VPC on the same computer. Most importantly, you don’t even have to buy an additional Windows license. The VPC image runs in a virtual machine that offers all of the functionality of a full IE6 installation without giving it any access to its host machine’s hard drive, registry, etc. You can make as many modifications as you want to the virtual machine without affecting your host installation at all.

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Windmill Testing Framework

Features | Windmill Testing Framework

  • Full Featured Recorder: One click and the IDE writes your test for you
  • DOM Explorer: Explore the DOM, aids in test editing and debugging
  • Assertion Explorer: Quickly generate action validating the state of your application
  • Test Saving and Playback
  • Real Time Performance and Output Information
  • Firebug Lite integration for debugging in all supported browsers

FirefoxSafariInternet ExplorerOpera

WMP Audio Demo (with visualizations)

Browser Support:

  • Internet Explorer 6+/7
  • Firefox 2+ – (Some features, such as “Autostart”, will not work)

There is currently no support for embedded Windows Media Player for MAC browsers, but other players are supported for MAC (such as Flash or Real Player). It is normal practice to supply at least two different format choices, to increase the range of browser support. Flash is the most popular choice, as it has the most extensive browser support.

Windows Media Player Video Demo

Browser Support:

  • Internet Explorer 6+/7
  • Firefox 2+ – (Some features, such as “Autostart”, will not work)  

There is currently no support for embedded Windows Media Player for MAC browsers, but other players are supported for MAC (such as Flash or Real Player).  It is normal practice to supply at least two different format choices, to increase the range of browser support.  Flash is the most popular choice, as it has the most extensive browser support.

Embedded Windows Media Player Video

Video Formats Supported : mpeg1, mpeg2, avi, asx, wmv, asf

(Video Source – BBC News)

There are many parameters to cusotmise the players look and funtionality, amongst others: autostart, customisable controls and demensions.   The demo is the default setup.