Stop Using Internet Explorer 6!

January 11, 2010

Let me start by saying this… I hate Internet Explorer 6 (IE6). I really do.

Internet Explorer 6 was born on August 27, 2001. The browser was released in conjunction (well, a little after) with Windows XP as a major upgrade from Internet Explorer 5.5. From those humble beginnings in 2001, IE6 has continued to stay alive mostly because of the continued support/use of Windows XP and web-based applications built specifically for IE6.

Here are a few reasons IE6 is a big pile of junk:

  • Numerous security issues.
  • The inability to support CSS version 2 fully.
  • No support for alpha transparency in PNG images.
  • Quirks Mode, which emulates IE5.5.
  • No tabbed browsing.
  • It’s OLD!

So what makes a good browser!?

  • Full CSS 2+ support.
  • HTML/JavaScript W3C standards compliancy.
  • HTML/JavaScript performance improvements.
  • All new browsers utilize tabbed browsing.
  • Some new browsers (such as Google Chrome) have “Task Managers” that can allow you to destroy certain tabs that may have become unresponsive by a web site.
  • Support for HTML 5.

If you’re still using IE 6, consider upgrading to a new browser such as Mozilla FireFox, Google Chrome, Apple Safari, or a newer version of Microsoft Internet Explorer. You’ll make yourself and web developers around the world so happy!

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January 11th, 2010 at 12:22pm

Amen, brother. We ignore testing in IE6 most websites that we build now. We've found that less than 10% of users are still using IE6, and it's not worth the time to troubleshoot and hack our CSS just to make it work with this antiquated browser. Good article.

January 11th, 2010 at 4:28pm

@Jeff - Yes, same here. I simply make sure the website isn't a complete failure in IE6 and move along.

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January 11th, 2010 at 12:22pm

Amen, brother. We ignore testing in IE6 most websites that we build now. We've found that less than 10% of users are still using IE6, and it's not worth the time to troubleshoot and hack our CSS just to make it work with this antiquated browser. Good article.

January 11th, 2010 at 4:28pm

@Jeff - Yes, same here. I simply make sure the website isn't a complete failure in IE6 and move along.

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