As a webmaster, you need to make sure that your website displays in the most popular web browsers correctly. While you can install a selection of browsers on your system to test your sites from the local system, it is not always possible to do so as browsers may be limited to particular operating systems. That’s were online services and programs come into play that test websites for compatibility with select web browsers.
Microsoft has released an option to scan websites for Internet Explorer 10 compatibility recently which webmasters can make use of to find out whether their sites render fine in the browser.
All that it takes is to enter the website url into the form on the website and wait a couple of seconds for the report to be displayed on the same page.
The results are grouped into three categories:
- The first group scans for known compatibility issues, whether the web page is rendering in compatibility mode, if it requires frameworks or libraries, whether it supports the latest version of Internet Explorer and whether it has a DocType that recognizes modern web standards.
- The second group analyzes cross-browser and device specific issues including whether CSS prefixes are used, if the web page requires browser plugins to run properly, if it is using a responsive web design, and if it uses browser detection scripts to display different contents depending on the browser used.
- The third and final group is all about support for Windows 8. This includes if the website comes with its own custom start screen tile and if the webpage has set the default behavior for touch-based browsing in Internet Explorer 10 on devices running Windows 8.
Reports can be downloaded as pdf documents, or shared by email, Twitter or Facebook. There are also options to ask questions about the report in the MSDN forums or on StackOverflow.
Based on the report, you can fix your website and make it Internet Explorer 10 ready.