Overcoming daft hurdles before work can even start is a pain. Getting multiple versions of IE working used to be one of them until Yousif Al Saif’s excellent Multiple IE installer came along. Microsoft have a commitment to 10 years of backwards compatibility. Therefore, they should be the ones to make it easy for designers to test interfaces in multiple versions of IE. If only that were true. The virtual PC image for IE6 is painful to try and use in Vista Ultimate on Parallels. So much so that I gave up, installed XP and went back to using Multiple IE.
After installing IE8 beta, conditional comments stopped working for other versions of IE. I sighed. There’s an easy fix though. Just re-install Multiple IE and conditional comments support will be back for IE6 and under.
By rights, Microsoft should pay Yousif Al Saif for the service he’s provided to designers. Wouldn’t that be a nice thought? Perhaps a few donations from folks like us will be reward enough.