Getting the Ultimate Setup for Designing HTML and CSS from Your Employer

I’m working from a MacBook Pro running OS X 10.4. Along with it, my company purchased Parallels and one copy of Windows XP. With Parallels on OS X, I can run a version of Windows XP that has Internet Explorer 6, as well as another version of Windows XP that has Internet Explorer 7 (though I can’t run both versions at the same time). Now, all from one workstation, I have the following browsers at my disposal for testing html and styles:

  • Safari (Mac)
  • Firefox 2.0 (Mac)
  • IE6 (Windows XP)
  • IE7 (Windows XP)
  • Firefox 2.0 (Windows XP)

I realize there are other free browsers I could download and test, but the ones mentioned above are the core set I’m coding for. Down the road, I can probably get my company to purchase a copy of Vista, and run it as a VM on parallels as well.

I was fortunate enough to have an employer that understood the business sense in getting me a MacBook Pro+Parallels+Windows XP as a workstation. In a huge corporation where nearly 99.99% of the staff are using standard issue dell laptops with Windows XP, and an IT group that doesn’t support anything else, I was very surprised to be granted my wish. It just goes to show how far a decent business case and a very understanding manager can take you.

If it helps anyone other designers out there, I wanted to post the letter to my boss that got me the “yes”. Note that it isn’t all that well-written, and it’s very simple.

I’d like to petition for a macbook pro. IE7 will be releasing soon for xp users, and I’m seeing some significant differences between IE7 and IE6 (ft home page for small biz and corp biz are prime examples of completely unreadable messed up layouts in ie7). IE is built so that you can have only one version of IE per operating system. With the new intel macs + parallels, there can be more than one version of windows (and therefore both ie6 and ie7) on the same system, not to mention having mac browsers at the ready. I realize you’ve requested these before and been told no, but if this at all helps the business case, I wanted to throw in my concerns.

That’s a very sincere concern, and true business case to make. I didn’t think I’d get a yes, but it sure didn’t hurt me to ask. Best of luck.


This post was ported from an old host/cms, so many comments were lost. Below are the comments that I found were most helpful regarding this post. Some links or attributions may not be working correctly.


The “one version of IE per operating system” is not quite true: http://browsers.evolt.org/?ie/32bit/standalone. Standalone versions of IE are indispensable when developing cross browser / version compatible sites.

You can use http://tredosoft.com/Multiple_IE to install multiple versions of IE.