07. August 2011 · Comments Off on HTML5 – Why I couldn’t see it in IE9 and why Windows XP users never will · Categories: e-learning design, HTML5, Technologies, video
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A few posts ago I was po’ed at IE 9 because I couldn’t see video captions or HTML 5 content. Neither could my husband. Before you recommend other browsers, yes – I use other browsers. The students whose lives I am trying to make easier use Internet Explorer (or Internet Exploder as some like to call it). So I look at what I create for them through their eyes. Today, my hubby figured out why our bright shiny new IE 9 browsers were not able to see HTML 5 goodies. Internet Explorer 9 has web developer tools you can display by either clicking the F12 key on your keyboard or by going up to your settings menu (cog in far top right corner) and selecting F12 developer tools.

Culprit 1: My web site

For some reason, my bright, shiny IE version 9 had its Browser Mode setting in the Developer toolbar set to view the web through the eyes of IE 8 and  on my very own blog was coding in the header that told my IE 9 browser that my page standard was IE 7. It looked like this: <meta http-equiv=”X-UA-Compatible” content=”IE=EmulateIE7″ /> So, my IE 9 browser was acting like IE 7. For some reason, the IE 7 page standard seemed to remain stuck to on because I couldn’t see captions on YouTube videos either. Whether I accidentally triggered it by mis-using a short cut key or if the very first page I viewed in IE9 somehow locked it into a groove, I don’t know.

Culprit 2: IE 9 developer tool settings

To check your developer tool settings in IE 9: Open IE 9 and go to the settings menu (the cog) at the far top right. Select F12 developer tools Cog is the furthest menu item at top right The bar will appear across the bottom of whatever web page you are viewing. Check your Browser and Page settings and ensure they are set to IE 9. Click the image below to open up a full size version in a new window. If they are not set to IE9, you can click on them to display drop down menus and change the settings manually. What I did find out that made me very sad, is that Windows XP users cannot upgrade to IE9 and therefore are shut out of all the new HTML 5 goodness. There are still a helluva lot of people on Windows XP out there who now have a compelling reason to upgrade. It’s been hard enough to convince some quarters that IE 6 needs to be upgraded. I shudder at the thought of making them shell out for OS upgrades so they can use IE9. Australian government agencies will need to do it though – HTML5 makes auto video captioning automatic and if the government is going to the spirit of its commitment to WCAG compliance — HTML5 is certainly going to be a big prop to that in future.

An abundance of HTML 5 goodness

Check out this very tasty web site with loads of HTML 5 recipes:  http://www.w3schools.com/html5/default.asp

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