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Targeting different versions of IE

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Honestly I can’t stand Internet Explorer. But people still use it, so here’s a few ways (via jQuery & CSS) to target different versions of IE.

Target IE9 only with jQuery

if (document.all && document.addEventListener) { $('html').addClass('ie9'); }

Target less than IE9 with jQuery

if($.browser.msie && $.browser.version < '9.0'){ $('html').addClass('not-ie9'); }

Target IE6 and IE7 with CSS

Target IE6 and IE7 with CSS:

/* target IE6 and IE7 */
* html pre { 
	padding-bottom: 25px;
	overflow-y: hidden;
	overflow: visible;
	overflow-x: auto;
	}
*:first-child+html pre {
	padding-bottom: 25px;
	overflow-y: hidden;
	overflow: visible;
	overflow-x: auto; 
	}

Targeting IE with conditional comments

IE’s conditional comments are an ideal way to target just about any version. Any/all of the following code may be placed in the <head> section of your web pages.

<!--[if !IE]><!-->
	<!-- NOT IE -->
	<link rel="stylesheet" href="lib/not-ie.css">
<!--<![endif]-->

<!--[if gte IE 9]>
	<!-- IE version 9 or better -->
	<link rel="stylesheet" href="lib/ie9+.css">
<![endif]-->

<!--[if IE 9]>
	<!-- IE9 -->
	<link rel="stylesheet" href="lib/ie9.css">
<?php } ?>

<!--[if lt IE 9]>
	<!-- Less than IE9 -->
	<link rel="stylesheet" href="lib/ie-old.css">
<![endif]-->

Note that conditional comments work when placed anywhere in the HTML document, not just the <head>, as it were.


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