Farewell IE6 – It was (not) fun while it lasted

Goodbye IE6

It has been 7 long years (and a couple months) since the release of Internet Explorer 6, along with its many rendering bugs. Some of these were fixed in IE7, and even more are fixed with the forthcoming IE8. With that said, watching the stats of visitors to this site, over 90% of you have upgraded to IE7 or other, newer browsers. At this point, I’m officially dropping support for IE6 for this site, except for problems that affect usability. This doesn’t change much for the current design, which I’m planning on sticking with for a while because I love it, but future designs and improvements to this design may not display perfectly in IE6.

Unlike some sites taking a stand against IE6, I will not block IE6 from viewing the site, but just be aware that some parts may not display perfectly if you’re using IE6. All the different pages and content will be available – the drop of support is completely aesthetic in nature. Hacks will no longer be used to make sure everything is displays perfectly in IE6.

To be sure you’re seeing this site (and others) as intended, please consider upgrading your browser. Here are some recommendations:

Internet Explorer 7 

Internet Explorer 7

Firefox 3 

Firefox

Safari 3 

Safari

Google Chrome

Google Chrome

Flock

Flock

Opera

Opera

 

What Does This Mean For Clients?

With dropping support for IE6 on the Studio|chris site, I will also be dropping out of the box support for IE6 on any future or yet to launch client projects. IE6 display support may be added on for an additional fee, if needed. Once again, sites WILL display and be usable for IE6 users, they just may not display 100% as they do in a more standards compliant browser, like Firefox, due to the rendering engine bugs. Ultimately, this decision was made instead of raising prices across the board due to the growing amount of extra time (sometimes measured in days) spent to “fix” sites for IE6.