bring down IE6
I agree wholeheartedly with Jeffery Zeldman when he said, “IE6 is the new Netscape 4. The hacks needed to support IE6 are increasingly viewed as excess freight. Like Netscape 4 in 2000, IE6 is perceived to be holding back the web…” without the slightest shred of hesitation.
Let it be known and I quote, “Microsoft (at large), Windows 2000 and below, Internet Explorer 6 and below, how I loathe thee”. Just over the past six months alone, I have spent far too many hours explaining to clients and colleagues alike the disgust and utter disdain I have for that ancient platform and browser. It’s deprecated, it’s antiquated, it’s not supported – not even by Microsoft – and it just plain sucks.
First, I blame Microsoft, for creating, selling and distributing an inferior product. Second, I blame Microsoft, for creating said product in such a way that is proprietary and non-standards compliant. Third, I blame Microsoft, for not supporting that browser in subsequent OS releases to the extent that one has to upgrade their entire system to install a modern browser.
Why blame Microsoft
Because corporations and small businesses alike that purchased mass quantities of Microsoft products can not afford to upgrade their entire systems just so they can have a better browser.
Unfortunately, there doesn’t seem to be one in sight. It’s as if all of us will have to wait until everyone has had the means and opportunity to upgrade. What would have been nice is if IE8, for example, worked properly on Windows 2000 or below. Ever heard of backwards compatibility?
I choose not to support IE6 when developing websites and I make that clear up front with my clients. If a client has to have the site display perfectly in IE6, then there is extra time in development on the estimate I provide them.