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How to test for Compatibility View in IE8?

Posted on 2014-11-03
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Experts,

I need to alert users to the fact that Compatibility View is on when using IE8.

Is there a way to do this using PHP?

If so, I guess I would do the following:

1) Test to see if browser type equals IE
2) Check to see if Compatibility View is on
3) If Compatibility View is on, alert the user via javascript

I've found some articles on the web that speak to this idea but, none of the examples or proposed solution allow testing via PHP and/or java script.

Can this be done?

Cheers!
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Question by:evibesmusic
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Kyle Abrahams earned 500 total points
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from https://gist.github.com/jasongaylord/5733469

You can do it in javascript:

html:
<html xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">
<head>
    <title>Testing IE Compatibility Mode</title>
    <script src="ieUserAgent.js" type="text/javascript"></script>
</head>
<body>
<div id="results">Results:</div>
<script type="text/javascript">
    var val = "IE" + ieUserAgent.version;
    if (ieUserAgent.compatibilityMode)
        val += " Compatibility Mode (IE" + ieUserAgent.renderVersion + " emulation)";
    $("#results").html("We have detected the following IE browser: " + val);
</script>
</body>
</html>

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Javascript:
// Check to see if jQuery is loaded. If not, load it from the public jQuery CDN.
if (typeof jQuery == 'undefined') {
    // Load the latest jQuery library from jQuery
    document.write("\<script src='http://code.jquery.com/jquery-latest.min.js' type='text/javascript'>\<\/script>");
}
 
// Create new ieUserAgent object
var ieUserAgent = {
    init: function () {
        // Get the user agent string
        var ua = navigator.userAgent;
        this.compatibilityMode = false;
        
        // Detect whether or not the browser is IE
        var ieRegex = new RegExp("MSIE ([0-9]{1,}[\.0-9]{0,})");
        if (ieRegex.exec(ua) == null)
            this.exception = "The user agent detected does not contai Internet Explorer.";
 
        // Get the current "emulated" version of IE
        this.renderVersion = parseFloat(RegExp.$1);
        this.version = this.renderVersion;
 
        // Check the browser version with the rest of the agent string to detect compatibility mode
        if (ua.indexOf("Trident/6.0") > -1) {
            if (ua.indexOf("MSIE 7.0") > -1) {
                this.compatibilityMode = true;
                this.version = 10;                  // IE 10
            }
        }
        else if (ua.indexOf("Trident/5.0") > -1) {      
            if (ua.indexOf("MSIE 7.0") > -1) {
                this.compatibilityMode = true;
                this.version = 9;                   // IE 9
            }
        }
        else if (ua.indexOf("Trident/4.0") > -1) {
            if (ua.indexOf("MSIE 7.0") > -1) {
                this.compatibilityMode = true;
                this.version = 8;                   // IE 8
            }
        }
        else if (ua.indexOf("MSIE 7.0") > -1)
            this.version = 7;                       // IE 7
        else
            this.version = 6;                       // IE 6
    }
};
 
// Initialize the ieUserAgent object
ieUserAgent.init();

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by:Ray Paseur
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I don't know about finding compatibility mode in PHP, but you can examine the clients' browser information, expecting to find something like this:

$_SERVER["HTTP_USER_AGENT"] = Mozilla/5.0 (Windows NT 6.1; Trident/7.0; rv:11.0) like Gecko

The rv:11.0 means Version 11.  Any browser that is backlevel probably earns a notice that it's time to upgrade.
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by:evibesmusic
ID: 40420649
Perfect. Thank you very much.
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