Marcel 57

There are tons of websites like Bring Down IE6, and i must say, i actually agree to them. IE6 must be brought to the graveyard. IE6 is dead and already smells funny, why people play with dead Browsers?

Well I don't ignore IE6, I do alot of extra work to make IE6 understand my websites. And my Clients pay that. Cool, isn't that? Nope, cause always when i do the Cross Browser Testing with IE6, I get mad and feel stressed as hell. I would prefer to give the client a discount and put some "Your Browser is retarded - get a new one" site in between for IE6 Users. But i can't tell my clients, well the website could be a little less expensive, if we ignore all IE6 Users, and there are sadly still a lot IE6 Users. Nobody wants to exclude Visitors on their Website.

But otherwise, if we don't start to bring down IE6, we will optimize, gifize and constrictize for IE6 even in 2020.

How do you feel about this?

4 answers


I work under the progressive enhancement model as much as possible. You provide the basic amount of features to all browsers (i.e. forms submit with out ajax, etc). I then begin layering things on top to enhance it for A-Grade browsers.

IE6 is kind of a double-threat, though. You end up not having support for things in CSS and Javascript. At that point, I make a best-effort attempt, and scrap it if it doesn't work out or begins consuming too much time. IE6 is not officially supported by Microsoft, and though I hate to tell people to upgrade to a new version of IE, that's exactly what they need to do (preferably Firefox or Chrome, though).

I can do this because I tell our stakeholders that IE6 is less than 5% of our visitors, and they're consuming X% of my time on just making them happy. In this day-and-age, you need to provide proof that IE6 isn't worth supporting anymore.

Answered almost 10 years ago by Nathan DeGruchy
  • The progressive enhancement model is a great idea. +1 Abinadi Ayerdis almost 10 years ago
Rob 230

I borrowed this idea from someone else. I charge a 30% premium for any work done for IE6. I also only support current browsers and browser version minus one. iow, IE8 and IE7. My bigger customer's seem to understand the premium and have the money to pay it.

Answered almost 10 years ago by Rob
  • That's some great idea you just brought me! ;) Marcel almost 10 years ago

I tell my clients that I will support IE 7+ as well as all the other modern browsers. I gave up on IE 6 months ago and haven't looked back since. Taking that stance has relieved me from a lot of unneeded stress.

Overall, IE6 still has a sizable usage percentage on the Internet, but it will never go away as long as it is catered to.

Answered almost 10 years ago by Abinadi Ayerdis

I want to, but I can't bring myself to do it just yet. I still debug for IE6 after I code it for Firefox. But, the most-used version on my site is IE7, not 6 (yesss!).

Answered almost 10 years ago by Tiffany S