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Website Development 2: Killing IE 6

Posted by tigerhawkvok on September 28, 2009 15:41 in websites , internet

Believe it or not, I'm finally following up a little on this 1.5 month old post on web development

So, in my standard course of RSS feeds, I ran acrosss Ars Technica's monthly web usage share post. I noticed a nice by-percentage breakdown of IE market share, and realized that Internet Explorer 6 has about 16% market share.

This is a browser that is eight years old, doesn't render transparent PNGs, doesn't render CSS correctly, has missing CSS selectors, and has 139 security vulnerabilities. Oh, for good measure, a number of Javascript commands outright crash it.

There are entire sites devoted to the push to eliminate IE 6:

Even companies, like 37signals, have phased out IE6 support.

Here's a quick thing you can insert into your own pages (right before </body>) for a subtle but effective notice to upgrade, taken from ie6update.com:

<!--[if IE 6]>
<script type="text/javascript">
	/*Load jQuery if not already loaded*/ if(typeof jQuery == 'undefined'){ document.write("<script type=\"text/javascript\"   src=\"http://ajax.googleapis.com/ajax/libs/jquery/1.3.2/jquery.min.js\"></"+"script>"); var __noconflict = true; } 
	var IE6UPDATE_OPTIONS = {
		icons_path: "http://static.ie6update.com/hosted/ie6update/images/"
	}
</script>
<script type="text/javascript" src="http://static.ie6update.com/hosted/ie6update/ie6update.js"></script>
<![endif]-->

It's kind of insane that this browser is still around. Even if you run a small site — enough small sites start popping this up, and you'll get people's attention.

I also have a PHP setup that's more configurable, and if someone wants it, I'll put the code up.

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