Chris Wil­son, the lead pro­gram man­ag­er for the web plat­form in IE, announced on the IE Blog that IE 7 will be rid of many of the CSS incon­sis­ten­cies that plague IE cur­rent­ly. To boot, it will also sup­port PNG trans­paren­cy. Oh how I’ve want­ed this for a while.

Sup­port the alpha chan­nel in PNG images. We’ve actu­al­ly had this on our radar for a long time, and have had it sup­port­ed in the code for a while now. We have cer­tain­ly heard the clear feed­back from the web design com­mu­ni­ty that per-pix­el alpha is a real­ly impor­tant fea­ture.

Address CSS con­sis­ten­cy prob­lems. Our first and most impor­tant goal with our Cas­cad­ing Style Sheet sup­port is to remove the major incon­sis­ten­cies so that web devel­op­ers have a con­sis­tent set of func­tion­al­i­ty on which they can rely. For exam­ple, we have already checked in the fix­es to the peek­a­boo and guil­lo­tine bugs doc­u­ment­ed at posi​tioni​sev​ery​thing​.net so use of float­ed ele­ments become more con­sis­tent.

Good work. I can’t wait for it to come out.

About Kim Siever

I am a copy­writer and copy­ed­i­tor. I blog on writ­ing tips most­ly, but I some­times throw in my thoughts about run­ning a small busi­ness.

Fol­low me on Twit­ter at @hotpepper.

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