Is IE8 Compatibility View mode considered a "limited" version of IE8?
Posted on 2012-03-26
I am having a discussion with an external development company and think that I may have mis-specified something on a development project that they are about to do for me. It's not a show-stopper as we can hopefully re-spec the project before any big costs are wasted, but I'd like an expert's opinion on it anyway please.
Within my company we need to run IE8 Compatibility View mode due to some old web applications that don't work properly within IE8 (for various other reasons we must run this browser version - not IE7 or IE9).
The external company said in their tech docs that I needed to run "Internet Explorer 8" to run their software. I assumed that it would work in IE8 Compatibility View mode. Was I wrong?
They say that they specified IE8 in their documentation and that it was my fault for not telling them that I needed to run all of my users in IE8 Compatibility View mode. Their view is that IE8 Compatibility View mode isn't the full version of IE8 or the default version of IE8.
Would you tend to agree with them or with me? (We now have a plan to fix the situation, but I'm keen to know your thoughts so that I don't end up like this in future.)
Thanks for your thoughts.