Why IE6's Extinction Is Taking So Long

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Find out why IE6 is still an important (albeit horribly outdated) web browser, and what you can do to you can help make it disappear.

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  • We all feel like this.

  • Hacky, time consuming.
  • Some of the many reasons it’s bad.





  • It was the kingpin when big businesses were investing in computers.
  • People are stuck with it b/c IT teams won’t let them upgrade or their computer is too old to run the newer browsers.

  • Still has a lot of coverage. Some sites are seeing upwards of 25% of their traffic from IE6.
  • North America stats
  • WOrldwide stats
  • How could it be true?
  • Viget.com: 11% IE - of that, 18.5% ie 6
  • Syr.edu: 58% IE - of that, 25% ie 6 - almost 15% of total visitors

  • What should we do for client work? Is hacking for IE6 a waste of time?
  • Bitch
  • Play dirty
  • Play even dirtier
  • Be rude
  • Seems childish.

  • These guys are dropping support.

  • Grab Andy’s stylesheets and serve up a stripped down site for IE6



  • Provide education and tools to help users get off IE 6.
  • So what should we do? Combined approach? Is it better to push forward with things like the stripped down site so people will notice that they are not having the best experience?

  • Why IE6's Extinction Is Taking So Long

    1. 1. why hate?
    2. 2. Diagram by Paddy Donnelly, iampaddy.com
    3. 3. super bad.
    4. 4. Spotty compliance with HTML 4.0 and XHTML 1.0 standards (even when it was released) Huge security flaws (as of 1/09, 142 vulnerabilities reported, 22 unpatched) Crash-tastic No PNG transparency Annoying Flash workaround No support for CSS2 & CSS is buggy (float,
    5. 5. super old.
    6. 6. 8 years old 2 newer IE releases out
    7. 7. Imagine trying to use the social web, Microsoft Office, iTunes, IM, your video games, and all of your desktop apps…with a computer from 2001.
    8. 8. how does it survive?
    9. 9. coverage At its peak, IE6 attained a total market share of nearly 90%
    10. 10. LOCKDOWN According to Digg's poll, 76% said they have no other choice.
    11. 11. bad news.
    12. 12. 15-25% (holy crap)
    13. 13. true?
    14. 14. Viget.com
    15. 15. Syr.edu
    16. 16. what to do?
    17. 17. “We should stop making fun of the kid who dresses funny because his parents can't afford nice clothes. -Jonathan Snook
    18. 18. option: stop support
    19. 19. option: strip it down
    20. 20. Andy Clarke’s IE 6 Stylesheet - http://code.google.com/p/universal-ie6-css/
    21. 21. option: hint politely
    22. 22. option: help them
    23. 23. Andy Clarke’s CSS: http://forabeautifulweb.com/blog/about/ universal_internet_explorer_6_css/ Javascript warnings: http://garmahis.com/tools/ie6-update-warning/ Sneaky trick: http://ie6update.com Microsoft’s stance: http://blogs.msdn.com/ie/archive/2009/08/10/engineering-pov-ie6.aspx Tool: http://www.onderhond.com/tools/ie6fixer Posters: http://hey-it.com/index.html

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