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Author's profile photo Oliver Stiefbold

End of SAP Quirks Mode Support for Internet Explorer

End of SAP Quirks Mode Support for IE

Starting from NetWeaver 7.52 and/or SAP Kernel 753 and/or SAP_UI 7.52 used in lower NetWeaver AS ABAP versions, Quirks Mode (IE 5.5 rendering mode) of Internet Explorer is no longer supported by SAP for all SAP UI technologies (the SAP release date is planned for the end of Q3/2017) and cannot be used any longer (usage blocked).

For more information, see also SAP Note 1672817 – Browser: Microsoft Edge and Internet Explorer Support Policy Note and SAP Product Availability Matrix (PAM) for NetWeaver –> “Essential Information” (e.g. PAM for NW AS ABAP 7.51).

See also portal related information

See also the external Microsoft article 4014991 (external link): Slow rendering in Internet Explorer 11 for websites displayed in Quirks Mode.

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      Author's profile photo Fabricio Pereira
      Fabricio Pereira

      Thanks for the heads up, Oliver.

      Will Netweaver 7.52 be released for Java as well or only for ABAP in Q3/2017?

      What is the impact on BSP and HTMLB technology based applications?


      Best regards,



      Author's profile photo Oliver Stiefbold
      Oliver Stiefbold
      Blog Post Author

      Hi Fabricio,
      due to my knowledge, it is planned to continue with the same stack definition as in NW 7.51, means no AS JAVA in version 7.52 (SAPUI5 is available in a higher version for AS Java 7.50).

      For HTMLB on BSP the rule applies. No quirks mode support planned.


      Author's profile photo Former Member
      Former Member

      Hi Oliver, thx for the information.

      I have a question regarding the statement that "from NW 7.52 or Kernel 753 Quirks mode is no longer supported by SAP for all UI technologies". What exactly does "no longer supported" mean? Is it still possible to start an application within a new window in quirks mode and SAP just doesn't provide support for those cases? Or does it mean that quirks mode is technically somehow blocked?

      Best regards,


      Author's profile photo Oliver Stiefbold
      Oliver Stiefbold
      Blog Post Author


      Hi, for SAP GUI for html and Web Dynpro it is planned to be blocked.

      Author's profile photo Alan Cecchini
      Alan Cecchini

      Hi Oliver,

      We currently run BEx Analyzer iViews in our SAP NetWeaver 7.5 Portal. A few years ago when we patched the system, we moved to the Ajax Standards Mode Framework Page and configured the iViews to launch in Quirks mode, following the SAP advice in the following thread - Bex queries not rendering properly.

      My question is, given we are planning to patch our Portal to SAP Kernel 753 imminently, can SAP  customers with such BEx Analyzer iViews keep running them?

      We're planning to look at alternative options such as BEx query consumption as Fiori tiles or Analysis for Office, but we need further time to evaluate and plan in this migration.



      Author's profile photo Oliver Stiefbold
      Oliver Stiefbold
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      SAP Portal is based on AS JAVA.

      In general, the top frame of a web application always defines the mode of the whole application incl. IFrames.

      So simply open any quirks application in a new browser window, without any parent frame from portal or so (alternatively one, that sets quirks mode as document mode). Maybe this needs custom development. I am not aware of the features of portal and older BEX here. Works only with IE11 for sure.

      Hint: Some old applications do not set any document mode in the header of the web application. I think this is not anymore allowed in IE11. Means you have to set the right X-UA-Compatibility mode in the standards portal an in the quirks application. See on MSDN: "X-UA-Compatibility Meta Tag and HTTP Response Header".