May 202011
 

No longer supporting IE6

Today WordPress announced that it was dropping support for Internet Explorer 6 stating in an email to users that “increasingly complex code trickery” was required to make the dashboard work with IE6.  Its a known fact among web developers that IE6 is antiquated and does not support modern web standards supported by most other browsers.  ICanUse.com which rates browser compatibility with emerging web technologies rates IE6 at an 8% implementation of proposed standards from the W3.org.  IE6 also has numerous security holes that cause it to be a liability to the user.  This browser is so bad that Microsoft is begging users to stop using it on their site http://www.theie6countdown.com.  According to the site global use of IE6 is down to 11.4% with usage in the United States at 2.4%.  While 2.4% is pretty low, you’d be surprised at the number of mission critical workstations in corporations that are locked into IE6 because of negligent system administrators.  Just a couple weeks ago I updated a mission critical workstation for a small business that was running it.  We as web developers have got to get the word out that IE6 is not safe to use.  Microsoft offers the following code to place within a site for this purpose:

<!–[if lt IE 7]> <div style=’ clear: both; height: 59px; padding:0 0 0 15px; position: relative;’> <a href=”http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/internet-explorer/products/ie/home?ocid=ie6_countdown_bannercode”><img src=”http://www.theie6countdown.com/images/banners/warning_bar_0000_us.jpg” border=”0″ height=”42″ width=”820″ alt=”You are using an outdated browser. For a faster, safer browsing experience, upgrade for free today.” /></a></div> <![endif]–>

Here are a few web sites and applications that are no longer supporting IE 6.

  • WordPress and WordPress.org
  • Google.com
  • YouTube.com
  • Microsoft
  • 37signals
  • Facebook

 

Do you know of any web applications that are no longer supporting IE6?  If so comment and let me know.

Joel Caton

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