Do we really need to support Internet Explorer(6)?

I started browsing with Internet Explorer. It was in early 2000’s. At that time I thought it is the only browser which I can connect to internet. I continue using Internet Explorer till the end of 2004! Since at that time I never checked any websites in any other browser.

Things changed in the beginning of 2005. I have joined a new company. Yes! I have fall in love with Firefox.

What makes me love Firefox browser?

  • Plugins: Yes. It attracts me a lot. Plugins helps to develop a better a site or giving us some additional capabilities more than a browser like download managers, feeds management etc etc.
  • We never get bored while browsing the site. Because we can change the look and feel using firefox themes or firefox personas.
  • Safe and support.

In brief it is more safe, customizable and faster.

Microsoft now released their latest Internet Explorer 8. It is hard to the developers to maintain these different versions with in a short period of time. But it is happy to hear that Microsoft trying to follow the web standards!

But how the developers can manage with these versions? Either they can completely ignore the previous versions and go with the newer versions. Because newer version has better support. Otherwise, programmers have to use a lot of filters.

There is some javascripts which advice the users to upgrade their browser. But will the user upgrade their browser? Still lot of people using IE because it is shipped along with Windows operating system. I could not find any other reason for the popularity of IE.

But now people start digging the grave of Internet Explorer 6.

If you are still support the older version of IE? You can use these sources

1. IE fixer. It will help to fix the IE6 related style issues.
2. Push up javascript: Which will advice your visitors to upgrade their browser
3. IETester: Great software which will render the older / latest version of IE.
4. Expression Web SuperPreview for Internet Explorer

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10 Responses to “Do we really need to support Internet Explorer(6)?”

  1. Remiz Says:
    June 5th, 2009 at 7:53 pm

    1st thing is, ie6 is now 8 years old. Respect her. Love her or hate her, but you can not ignore. Lot of people are using it. Remember the competitors of IE6 that time. Netscape, Opera 5!! Can you see those browsers now?. No.

    And try to open your pages in those browsers. You cant see your content. IE6 is showing almost properly as you need it. Say thanks to Microsoft for making such a nice browser 8 years ago.

    Let her live for ever. Microsoft Rocks :)

  2. Jayaprakash Says:
    June 15th, 2009 at 1:57 pm

    @Remiz,
    The popularity of IE web browser is not based on the superior quality of that browser but the unawareness of the web users. As a user it is enough to view the website contents but from a developer point of view we need more. It is not a valid excuse to use IE6 as it displayed the websites correctly before 8 years. 8 years in web is a very long period. If you haven’t updated your browser in 8 years that shows what kind of a user you are.

    As a web developer if you take a survey among the developers to find out the primary browser they use for their development you can find that most of them will be using non-IE browsers for their development. Why it is so?

    I still use IE for checking my sites but for personal purpose I never use it. Microsoft could’ve done a better job by following the web standards but their main focus is the market share not the quality of their browser.

    I am not saying that Firefox is the best browser available. As it is very difficult to define the term “best”. I uses Firefox for the development purpose as it supports lots of add-ons, which makes the development time very less.

  3. Remiz Says:
    June 15th, 2009 at 3:18 pm

    @Jayaprakash,

    Dude, I am not using IE at all :)
    I use Chrome for personal purpose, FF for development. My PC got IE6 as I am now using XP.

    I said IE6 is good browser because, it still shows your website almost properly compared it’s competitors. yes, 8 years is a long age for a browser. So I respect IE6 :)

    Now, how you can ask MS to keep standards? It is their product. They will do what they think. Use it or trash it :) lol !

  4. Andy Says:
    July 13th, 2009 at 5:41 pm

    @Remiz: You’re thinking the other way around:

    The reason websites still show up properly in IE 6 is ONLY because web developers have painstakingly taken every single step so that their sites show up correctly in that browser. Why? Because, unfortunately, in most market segments a significant audience is still locked in to IE 6.

    See? It has NOTHING to do with IE 6 being a “good browser”…

    - IE 6 is a terrible browser. It does NOT follow not even 50% of Open Web standards.

    - IE 6 is FULL of bugs. And IE 6 has several security holes.

    Get your facts straight, man.

  5. Andy Says:
    July 13th, 2009 at 5:45 pm

    > IE6 is showing almost properly as you need it.
    > Say thanks to Microsoft for making such a nice browser 8 years ago.

    Wrong! Thank the web developers who have painstakingly taken every single step so that their sites STILL show up correctly in that non-standard browser.

  6. Andy Says:
    July 13th, 2009 at 5:48 pm

    > Let her live for ever. Microsoft Rocks

    Yes, Microsoft rocks in the bottom of the ocean of the Open Web.

  7. Andy Says:
    July 13th, 2009 at 5:49 pm

    @Remiz: You either work for Microsoft… or are crazy.

    Probably both.

  8. Andy Says:
    July 13th, 2009 at 6:50 pm

    @Remiz:
    Hey man, sorry for my previous comment. I was a bit irritated.

    About Internet Explorer following standards, check this site:
    http://a.deveria.com/caniuse/#agents=All&cats=All&eras=All&statuses=All&sort=score

  9. Darkimmortal Says:
    July 14th, 2009 at 8:30 am

    @Jayaprakash, Andy
    His post applies to sites with no code specifically catered to IE6.

    Microsoft know what they are doing. So, they made a few mistakes in a IE6 you say? Keep in mind the technology we use today was the equivalent to HTML5 back then. It’s obviously not going to be a perfect implementation. CSS-based layouts were used about as much as .

    Also name one browser that can scroll anywhere near as smoothly as IE (especially IE6 – it’s not as good in 7/8). Webkit can’t even scroll smoothly at all, Firefox has that long running bug with anything fixed to the viewport, and Opera just doesn’t feel right.

  10. Darkimmortal Says:
    July 14th, 2009 at 8:31 am

    “about as much as [video].” (looks like HTML is filtered)