Wow, Microsoft actually listened to the out pour of the developer community with regards to IE8′s version targeting feature. IE8′s Standards Mode will now be the default:
In light of the Interoperability Principles, as well as feedback from the community, we’re choosing differently. Now, IE8 will show pages requesting “Standards” mode in IE8’s Standards mode. Developers who want their pages shown using IE8’s “IE7 Standards mode” will need to request that explicitly.
Thank you Microsoft!