Did you know…
Microsoft will support IE6 until 2014.
Microsoft is donating 8 meals to Feeding America, a US hunger-relief charity, for every download of IE8 from their Browser For The Better web site. If you’re upgrading from IE6, Microsoft will double that donation.
Feeding America provides food assistance to more than 25 million low-income people facing hunger in the United States, including more than 9 million children and almost 3 million seniors. Microsoft is donating up to $1 million and each IE8 download will contribute at least $1.15 toward the charity.
Pardon me as I step upon my soapbox, yet again. While I’ve been preparing several other posts, this topic has reared its ugly head.
Internet Explorer version 6.0 is, has been, and will continue to be the bane of all web designers and web developers for some time to come. Why you ask? Because it’s support for many (not all, read on…) websites is crucial to business. Therefore, it is necessary to continue to design for it. Dropping support for IE6 altogether is not only a disservice to that audience, but a disservice to that business owner, who’s business will be negatively impacted by the decision not to support this browser version. Continue reading
I recently was told about a discussion at a local web design meetup on designing for Internet Explorer 6, the browser designers love to bash (…and so do I). During this discussion, the majority of vocal participants stated that they refuse to design for IE6.
Unfortunately, I was unable to attend, for if I had, I would have stood up and pronounced each defamer foolish.
First, you don’t design for a browser. You design for your target audience, humans, however broad or niche. Based on your audience, you can gather some idea of the browsers you might need to support. Corporate America, then your designing for Internet Explorer, including version 6. If your targeting middle age or seniors who just use the computer for email, web surfing, etc., then you’ll need to target Internet Explorer, including version 6, Firefox, and possibly Safari. How about targeting educational institutions or creative folks. Then there might be an influx of Safari folks. The point is that based on your audience (that you are designing for), you should target those devices. Continue reading