This was written a few months ago, but no doubt, still applies. I had to laugh out loud when I read this. I have been in this business long enough to remember the halycon days of Netscape 4, and then it’s subsequent fall from grace, and now it’s like a bad echo from some embarrasing incident in college where you found out someone posted the evidence on Facebook – ie6 is here to stay. As opposed to the Netscape 4 days (shudder), I no longer worry so much about how awful something looks in ie6. Why is this? Am I arrogant beyond belief, or stunned, willfully ignoring the 30/35/40/55 % share it still holds?
- What I do know is this:
Our clients are a) educated and b) not part of huge institutions where the cost of updating computers is too heavy
- ie7 has been out for about a year now (looks like almost exactly a year as per ms site)
- the problems with ie6 that we have are decorative, not functional. ie (pun intended): it may be that something floats a little too far to the left or right, capriciously; it may be that a menu isn’t aligned perfectly; it may be that the line-height is off.
- but generally speaking, when using css standards and fairly straightforward layout, the problems with ie6 are that it doesn’t display things like a magazine (ie: print) layout would. It dares to digress from our orders. Shame!
- whereas, back in the Netscape4 days (further shuddering), whole pages of text could disappear, or text could be wrangled beyond belief, and that, friends, was a problem.
So, if you’re using ie6, have no fear. You can still see everything we design, even if it occasionally looks a little off. If you want, you can pay us more, and we can hack away until those charming hiccups disappear. Until then, we’ll look forward to ie8?