Before solving website compatibility issue in IE11, we need to understand the nature of compatibiltiy issue and our target. Most webpage compatibility issues in IE11 can be divided into following two scenarios:
After upgrading to IE11, web page layout may be broken. The most common reason is the web page runs in a newer document mode in IE11. However, the layout issue might still occur even if the document mode is same as before. This is because IE11 uses
natural metrics for font rendering while previous IE versions use
Windows Graphics Device Interface (GDI) metrics.
Compatibility view is unable to resolve all compatibility issues in Internet Explorer 11. Enterprise Mode was first introduced in April 2014 IE11 cumulative security update. It was originally aimed at emulating the behaviors of IE7 and IE8 to avoid the common compatibility problems associated with web apps written and tested on older versions of Internet Explorer. Later update of this feature added the ability to specify the document mode (5~11) for a certain website. In order to use comprehensive functions of Enterprise Mode, please first update IE11 to the latest version: KB4018271.
Compatibility View is the most common backward compatible solution in Internet Explorer, it can be configured by Compatibility View Settings, Group Policy and Local intranet security zone. We can control some of the sub-domains to be displayed in Compatibility View and some of them not by using these configurations.
Browser Mode determines the User-Agent that Internet Explorer sends to servers and the document mode Internet Explorer defaults to. This article is going to explain the relationship between them in detail.
Beginning January 12, 2016, older versions of IE browser (8~10) will not be supported anymore. A growing number of enterprises and individual customers start migrating to Internet Explorer 11. Upgrading to IE11 is an easy job for individual customers, however it could be challenging to IT administrators in large enterprise as they need to ensure the success of hundreds and thousands PCs.