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PNG Support[edit]

"Until version 5.0, no PNG support, the last major browser to add this functionality."

Uhh, hold on. The last major browser to add PNG support is IE for Windows, which still does not have full PNG support, 4 years after the Mac version gained it.

In fact, IE 5 for Mac was one of the earliest browsers to gain built-in full PNG support (e.g. support for alpha channels).

--tooki 18:04, 25 Nov 2004 (UTC)

I think the anon CMU user was talking about even simple PNG support. IE Win gained rudimentary PNG support around 1997 (version 4.0). As did Netscape Navigator around 1998 (version 4.04). No version of IE Mac had PNG support until version 5.0 in 2000. AlistairMcMillan 22:19, 25 Nov 2004 (UTC)
The way it's worded makes it seem as if IE for Mac has bad PNG support, since it came late. In fact, IE for Mac was one of the very first browsers to have full-fledged PNG support. -- tooki 17:05, 26 Nov 2004 (UTC)

Well, the IE for Mac I just used was version 5.2, and it didn't have any support for PNG images. — Quin 23:45, 3 July 2007 (UTC)


I don't suppose it is possible to get a more up-to-date screenshot for this article? Jon Harald Søby \ no na 16:55, 9 December 2005 (UTC)

  • Are you referring to the image of IE 5 for OS X? I can provide one, though the browser appearance hasn't changed as the version is the same, the only difference would be the appearance of the Wikipedia content in the page, and the colors might look a bit better (it looks like 8 bit color). If you think it's really needed, I'll do it. -- Hawaiian717 17:42, 10 March 2006 (UTC)
    • Forgot about this for a while; just uploaded a new version of the screenshot. -- Hawaiian717 03:56, 12 May 2006 (UTC)

Differences between revisions[edit]

Why should "differences between revisions" pages on MediaWiki software be particularly troublesome for IE for Mac? It seems like an unlikely item on the list. I would imagine that such pages are essentially tables and links, which shouldn't pose a problem for any browser produced in the last 10 years or so. -- pne (talk) 15:08, 13 November 2007 (UTC)

Changes To Article References[edit]

I'm a wiki noob and doing work research so I don't care to read formating rules, yet I want to help. Both links are bad. The first WANTS to link to a web page for mac software Microsoft put out, but it goes to its generic page, not MacIE and the only other article links to a Slashdot personal (first hand research) account. I don't think either should count. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 13:55, 22 April 2008 (UTC)

Which links are you referring to?--soum talk 15:36, 22 April 2008 (UTC)

Technical Issues[edit]

This should seriously be a section. And this should be the content. I added it, but it got removed:

"This web browser was likely THE WORST browser ever made. Microsoft and Macintosh discontinued their joint venture due to a vast array of technical complications, much like an incestuous birth being terminated due to its parents both being terribly malnourished and simply very, very ugly."

It's very true and relevant. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 22:28, 16 July 2008 (UTC)

Internet Explorer 6 Macintosh Edition[edit]

Since I don't get why my contribution was removed, I'll add it here:

A group of people have ported Internet Explorer 6 from Linux. Runs everything, including movies, Java and Flash. Since it requires Wine (Darwine), it will only run on Intel Macs.

This article is about the Macintosh version of IE. You wrote about the Windows version, hacked to run on Linux and Mac OS. - Josh (talk | contribs) 22:32, 10 October 2008 (UTC)
jeah. but isn't this really informative? i think we should add this.mabdul 0=* 10:37, 11 October 2008 (UTC)
Perhaps mention that people have got IE6 to run under Wine on Mac OS X at the end of the intro. Don't however called it "Internet Explorer 6 Macintosh Edition" (which it isn't) and don't say they "ported" it (which they haven't). AlistairMcMillan (talk) 14:55, 11 October 2008 (UTC)

Layoutengine Version numbering[edit]

Can somebody provide Version-numbering to the layout engines? mabdul 0=* 15:13, 10 December 2008 (UTC)

Are you certain that the layout engine in pre-Tasman versions of Mac IE used Trident? Not that I have any knowledge or evidence to the contrary, just I don't think I've never actually seen that explicitly stated anywhere. AlistairMcMillan (talk) 18:01, 10 December 2008 (UTC)
mh, you might be right. The trident article says that trident is used at version 4. what was before that? mabdul 0=* 18:39, 10 December 2008 (UTC)
ah oh and the comparison of web browsers say that macie used trident! mabdul 0=* 18:42, 10 December 2008 (UTC)
Neither of those articles provide sources to back that up though. AlistairMcMillan (talk) 01:24, 11 December 2008 (UTC)
OK, their is no press release from ms or apple. where to look now? yahoo didn't find any new information for me/us! mabdul 0=* 17:29, 13 December 2008 (UTC)

Just had a wee look around to see if I could find anything definitive. Failed so far. However I did find this 1998 email from Ben Waldman, who at the time was running the Mac Business Unit at Microsoft, saying they are investigating porting Trident to the Mac. In mid 1998, so they can't have been using it as their rendering engine on pre-Tasman Mac IE. My guess is Mac IE before Tasman, was using whatever Win IE was using before Trident. Only a guess though. AlistairMcMillan (talk) 18:13, 13 December 2008 (UTC)

yeah you seem right. I didn't found any information about pre-trident, also(is really hard because it is a very popular name...)! I think it is similar to opera (the it is known and explained: Presto7-10[and maybe more]; Elektra 4-6 and pre-Elektra there was nothing that can be called as a layout engine. also Elektra was not a real layout engine!) I think we should add these information in the articlemabdul 0=* 19:18, 13 December 2008 (UTC)
Sorry what should we add to the article? Unless I'm missing something all we have here is "they weren't using Tasman or Trident, we don't know what they were using". AlistairMcMillan (talk) 21:08, 14 December 2008 (UTC)
oh yeah thats good ;) something else ^^ mabdul 0=* 21:37, 14 December 2008 (UTC)

68k support "up to 4.5" or "dropped in 4.5"?[edit]

The info box says 68k CPUs were supported "up to 4.5" but the text says support was already gone in version 4.5? What gives? In any case the wording should be made clearer. -- (talk) 20:06, 6 July 2010 (UTC)

"Update subscriptions" features[edit]

The update subscriptions feature of IE for Mac is one which has never been made available in any other Macintosh browser, and it is missing to the present day from Safari, Firefox, Camino, etc. For a description of this feature, see e.g. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 16:08, 31 August 2010 (UTC)

Merge to Internet Explorer article[edit]

IE Mac has been discontinued for some time and will not even run under current OSX. What little unique content here can be easily included in a separate section under the main article with links to individual version articles.— Preceding unsigned comment added by OMPIRE (talkcontribs) 16:42, 29 May 2014 (UTC)

  • Oppose This is a totally independent product that was developed separately by a different team, that was the default browser in initial releases of Mac OS X, and noted at the time for its best of breed support for web standards. Unlike Internet Explorer for UNIX which was a port, this had little in common with Internet Explorer for Windows. The fact that it is no longer developed and doesn't run on current versions of OS X is irrelevant. AlistairMcMillan (talk) 22:14, 31 May 2014 (UTC)
  • Oppose per AlistairMcMillan. There's just no good reason to merge these. Just because we can merge something doesn't mean we should. Trinitresque (talk) 16:47, 26 June 2014 (UTC)