I seriously dislike Microsoft
products for the most part. Especially their browser. As a web designer, Internet Explorer has been a thorn in my side for the better part of a decade. But, as sad as it is, the world needs Microsoft. What we no longer need is IE6.
If you've read any of this blog, you know that I am a big proponent of using the next best thing. Moving forward with technology, ideas, solutions, and standards. Right now, supporting IE6 specifically is the biggest hurdle I have to overcome on a daily basis. It's old technology that doesn't support current web standards, yet 15-20% of web users still use it as their primary browser.
No one wants to build a site that doesn't work properly for 1/5 of their target audience, but the time and money wasted on building a site that holds up in today's markets and is IE6 compatible is ridiculous. It's 2009! Designers and programmers should not have their creativity and ingenuity handcuffed because people still choose to use a browser that doesn't support advanced CSS or XHTML. The research, the hacks, the workarounds, the extra lines of code, the extra processes that slow the site down... they aren't worth the money spent by companies and developers. Especially when their user base can upgrade their IE browser for free
. Yeah that's right, it's FREE.
Afraid of upgrading your IE browser? Upgrading your OS to Vista left a bad Microsoft taste in your mouth? I don't blame you. OK, here's another solution then. Download Firefox
... it's FREE. Download Chrome
... it's FREE. Hell, download Safari
... that's also FREE. No it's not just for a Mac. They all support the latest web standards and make an attempt to continue upgrading on a semi-frequent basis.
If you won't do it for me or the benefit of the designer community, do it for the economy. Abandon IE6 so clients don't insist on being compatible, and designers like myself can charge them less for development time. If you'd like to further support bringing down IE6, check out this site to get involved