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  • # February 9, 2010 at 4:48 am

    Hi!

    I searched a little bit but i didnt find a topic for that. Anyways recently Google announced that they dropped support for Internet Explorer 6. (Read more here)

    I ask is there any point for me still support ie6 or not? How many of you still are supporting ie6?

    Rob
    # February 9, 2010 at 5:07 am

    Well – it all depends on your users. Most people who are stuck with IE6 are on XP Service Pack 2 or earlier. Now lots of companies take along time to upgrade their software/hardware due to stupid validation rules… basically its people at the top with no IT experience thinking that a printer driver is going to break their custom software. (yes I used to work with people like that lol)

    Anyway. For the majority Vista has been endured or Win 7 has now been unleashed. If this is the case then IE7 and later will be installed and I think MS Actually gave a security update to IE8 (the first time they have ever included a version update… stupid idiots)

    So knowing your user is important. If the site is something you are updating then you can always check the stats and see what kind of share IE6 has between your users and then make a decision.

    Personally I don’t support IE6 now, and if IE6 support is require it is at extra cost.

    As for what Google is doing, I think its awesome. IE and its flaws have been really publicised recently which hopefully will bring some people into realising their browser isn’t "google" or "yahoo"…

    # February 9, 2010 at 8:49 am
    "Robskiwarrior" wrote:
    … if IE6 support is require it is at extra cost.

    That idea sound fare. I guess what ill do is if someone visites my site with ie6 ill provide a link for upgrade at the top of page.

    Edit: I looked if Internet had something to offer. Here is what i found:
    http://ie6update.com/

    Nice trick to fool people

    Rob
    # February 9, 2010 at 9:02 am

    yea – there is a morel argument to that which I have seen rage on both sides lol

    # February 9, 2010 at 10:43 am

    I’ll pull mine straight from an Ubuntu Forums post I made some time ago:

    Quote:
    As for the "satisfy the customers" comment. I charge extra for IE. "Oh, you have horrible business" I have incredible business, in fact, I’m booked for the next four months. I tell them the straight truth: There are 3 other browsers, developed by large, reliable corporations, and theirs can display this better. I can write better features that are fully accessible better. They agree. Their end can save them money, or they can pony up the extra cash. The customers that I do get to switch to most are ones that are covered under Section 508 and DDA(UK). They say they want features X, Y, and Z. I say, I can do that for IE, but it will take Javascript, and not everything I do with Javascript will degrade well. They decide not to pony up the money at all. Many of them now have links on their pages for alternative browsers or encourage their users to install Chrome Frame. Those I do pro bono for never get IE treatment, I refuse to do it. Now, my websites look fine under the newer IE’s, but IE6 looks bad. I’m not fixing it, and most of my clients are ok with that. Those who aren’t either pony up the cash, or they find another web developer..

    That was also in an argument with a guy that said "Well, your page won’t degrade well into IE6 if you’re that bad of a web developer" essentially. I hope we can all see the irony. If you see any grammatical errors, I was off and on writing that, which always makes me screw up grammatically.

    # February 9, 2010 at 12:02 pm

    One of my clients still gets a very strong 30% user base for IE6. It all depends on the client.

    # February 10, 2010 at 1:52 pm

    I work for a company that deals with a lot of town councils in the UK. Pretty much all of them are still running IE 6 because their intranet sites would not work if they upgraded.

    It’s a complete farce

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