While Internet Explorer 6 is still alive and breathing, it is dying a slow death, too slow for our liking as web developers. The process has been long and arduous. With the advent of CSS3 and HTML5, browsers like IE6 are like the cars with carburetors and low MPG ratings. They harm the environment, create an unpleasant atmosphere for development, and we need a virtual Cash for Clunkers to fix it.
Personally, I do not and will not support Internet Explorer 6 anymore. At work, I recently released the second version of an Internet-based reporting application that we use in 21 different car dealerships. Many of our users were still using Internet Explorer 6, and those users were complaining that certain features weren’t working. In the past, I would have found a way to make IE6 work with the application, but it just isn’t work the time and money anymore. As a result, I got about a dozen people off IE altogether, and onto Mozilla Firefox 3.5.x.
The point is, we won’t be able to fully support new technologies until we stop producing workarounds and hacks for older browsers. Stop supporting IE6, and the rest will follow. If we as a community do this, we will definitely see results. Let’s put IE6 to bed once and for all…
Not-So-Fun Facts about Internet Explorer 6
- Release Date: August 27, 2001 (over 8 years old)
- Market Share among IE Users:
- IE6 – 40%
- IE7 – 32%
- IE8 – 27%
- Lacks support for PNG alpha transparency w/o use of special Microsoft filter or hack
- IE 6 acts like IE 5.5 in quirks mode
- No support for HTML5 or CSS3