When you launch IE from the VS IDE, it uses the .net debug user account, not
your windows user account. You may be confused by this as IE8 has
Compatibility view switches and automatic rendering errors handling which
effect the rendering outcome of your pages when viewed under the .net debug
To correct this launch IE from VS.
Tools>Compatibility View Settings - uncheck "Display intranet sites in
Tools>Internet Options - Advanced tab, Uncheck "Automatically recover from
page layout errors with Compatibility View".
Press F12 to display the Developer Tool and check that the Browser and
Document modes are what you expect for your target doctype schema. Depending
upon if you are using the localhost or a publicly accessible web site, you
can then use the Validate menu options on the Developer tool to validate
your markup and Layout (css). But in VS there are options to highlight and
warn about markup and layout errors. Heed the errors and warnings reported
by intellisense and correct these before you try to display your web
It sounds like you are involved in converting legacy web sites to W3C
standards. (been there, done that). I have found that it is best not to try
to dress up mutton to look like lamb. Start by creating your master pages,
then copy and paste your legacy markup into content placeholder controls,
correcting the errors and warnings as reported by the VS intellisense and
error reports as you go.
Get involved in your local Developer Communities. You will get lots of
valuable advice from your peers. Here - http://www.ssw.com.au
is my local
..net user group. You will find lots of advice and tips on their site. Do a
web search to find a usergroup near to your location.
Here are some links that you should also browse. It is near the weekend...
step back and do some research and planning, so you can start afresh next
week (you will loose less hair, if you can vent your frustrations).
IE8 Readiness -
IE Web Developer Forum -
"PG" <PG@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
> Besides the fact that IE8 install forced me to reformat my entire system
> for the last few days it has crashed multiple times (20 or so) all of
> are submitted to MS, i had been developing a web app in vs2008. All of a
> sudden today everything is screwed up. Things are stretching and moving
> over the place. All that i did from last night to this AM is sleep. When i
> woke up to resume, my formatting is all screwed up. Yes, i put IE8 in
> compatibility mode for all web sites. And, of course in frustration i
> BOTH fire fox and Apple browswer and my pages are perfect in them.
> Why is it that IE is not capable of displaying pages that other browsers
> display perfectly that are developed in VS2008?