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Microsoft hacks IE 5.5 for Mac
(IDG) -- When Microsoft representatives tossed T-shirts to the crowd at the recent MacHack 2000 conference, some attendees threw them back. But no one appeared to return the MacHack CD, which includes the first beta version of Internet Explorer 5.5.
Another new feature gives you more flexibility when opening links in new windows. IE 5.0 lets you open a new window in front of the current one by command-clicking on a link. IE 5.5 adds the ability to open a new window that appears behind the current one by command-shift-clicking on the link.
A new Type-select navigation feature lets you use the keyboard to move among links on a Web page. As you begin typing, the browser places a focus ring around the text or graphic link that most closely matches your keystrokes. When you press Return, the browser goes to the selected link.
Unlike most of the hacks presented at the conference, IE 5.5 beta 1 does not include source code.
The company said that the beta preview is not Carbon compliant. Microsoft has developed a Carbonized version of IE 5.0 that was included on the Mac OS X Developer Preview 4 CD distributed to attendees at Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference in May.
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