davidatfuzzylime, on 13 April 2011 - 02:10 PM, said:
I agree, in principle. But let me give you a real-world example. One of our biggest clients right now is a local authority, with thousands of employees. They still run IE6. They aren't going to upgrade any time soon, unfortunately. If we didn't develop the site to work on the browsers that they use, then we wouldn't get the contract.
Does that local authority realize how buggy and insecure IE6 is? What operating system are they running? Because you can have additional browsers installed in addition to IE6 if you are using Windows XP or higher. If they need to rely on IE6 for work purposes, they can install a new browser for general web browsing. Have you discussed this with them?
dropped support for IE6 a while ago. Gmail
dropped support. Facebook dropped support for IE6 for some features such as chat from what I've read. Digg dropped support, too. European governments urged citizens
to stop using that piece of crap. The only reason people are not upgrading is because webmasters continue to support it.
IE6 is 10 years old now. How many more years are you going to support it? Until everyone stops using it? Some people are not going to upgrade until they absolutely have to. And if webmasters continue to support IE6, that means they don't have to upgrade.
I have never had a problem designing for Firefox. IE7 isn't much of a problem, either, once you get past the hasLayout bug which causes disappearing borders when scrolling. IE6, on the other hand, has been nothing but a pain in the ass.
If somebody is so technologically behind the times as to still be using a 10-year-old browser, how much online shopping are they going to do, anyway? They obviously haven't been shopping for computers.
By the way, I still get hits from IE5 and lower from time to time and old versions of Netscape Navigator. I don't support those, either. Do you?
CSS3 has some nice features that are available to us now (rounded borders, gradients, shadows, etc.). But the problem is we will never be able to use them because people are not going to upgrade their browsers because some webmasters insist on supporting dinosaur software.
Edited by billzo, 14 April 2011 - 07:57 AM.