Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Dropping Support for Internet Explorer 6

Internet Explorer 6 is dead. Well, maybe not totally. I did some digging and I see that over the first few days of this month fewer than 2% of traffic to the dashboard page has been from MSIE 6 users.

Normally I wouldn't make an effort to shut a particular browser out, but basic things like CSS menus become much more difficult if you have to account for this very dated browser. I need to update the menu system in the member area. It's a bit buggy and not very pretty and it has to bend over backwards to accommodate MSIE in general.

I realize there are some situations where you are forced to use a particular browser. Some corporate environments lock down their machines to the point where employees cannot install any software at all. In some of these very paranoid cases, MSIE 6 is still the browser of choice. I can't tell you exactly why that is, as it's hard to fathom.

At any rate, if you're one of the remaining MSIE 6 users on this planet and you're able to upgrade or, even better, switch to Firefox or Chrome, I would encourage you to do so in the near future.

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