Sitecore and IE7 – Part II

As you already could see in the screenshot I’ve posted in my last post about IE7. The Sitecore toolbar does actually work in IE7. It still does not contain functionality for 5, but the toolbar is just cool to have :). Next to the dropdownlist with the tools to restart IIS, unload applications, and kill aspnet_wp.exe. You actually can find the toolbar here. The toolbar only caused some problems while closing IE7 that’s all ;). But that was only once…

How it looks in 7...
Click on the image to see the Toolbar in action

Back to IE! Well I’m looking for a test at the moment which should be able to compare the speed of loading and rendering images in IE7 an previous versions. Why? This is actually quite clear: 90% of the time, the Sitecore client does not atually communicate with it’s own webservice for example. No, 90% of the time it’s downloading preloading, loading and redering images. So for Sitecore it would be good to have a browser which actually can render images very quickly.
I already noticed that the caching is much and much better. Your first run of the client is still slow, but the second run is much times faster. Even after a hard-refresh (CTRL+F5), it is only reloading the real changed stuff… Don’t know if this is a feature I should like or dislike…

There are already lot’s of rendering bugs reported to Microsoft, but it looks like Sitecore isn’t affected. The only part where Sitecore seems to be affected are the events. You can drag without the window after it, etc. My first impression was that it would be my notebook which was to busy, but when I look at my CPU and memory-usage, I have to conclude it must be IE… I’m trying to should it using a screenshot but I’m not able yet to grab it on an image. Guess a movie will be the best option. I’ll come back with this later…