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** Does Internet Explorer 8 support HTML 5? **

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Is there any HTML5 support in IE8? Is it on the IE8 roadmap?

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edited Dec 21 '09 at 22:27

asked Nov 14 '08 at 4:12


HTML 5 is still a draft. That means anything can happen to it. Its
development could even be halted like it happened with XHTML 2. –  Gumbo
Feb 2 '10 at 21:41

Hopefully there will not be any IE after IE8 and no will get offended by
such questions. –  Akshar Prabhu Desai Sep 3 '10 at 22:35 –  Ms. Nobody May 13 '13 at 10:08

More then HTML5 is IE8 that is and will always be a draft! –  MEM Jul
29 '13 at 18:16

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* 12 Answers *

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IE8 beta 2 supports two APIs from HTML5: cross-document messaging and
non-SQL storage.

IE8 beta 2 doesn’t implement the HTML5 parsing algorithm or the new
elements (no or


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