Written by
Joseph Mok
on Thursday, October 03, 2013 at 7:55 PM


Internet Explorer 6
web design


Ars Technica


Craig Dugas
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By Joseph Mok on Thursday, October 03, 2013 at 7:55 PM

As a web designer, I really hate providing support for legacy Internet Explorer versions. It causes layouts to break and the workarounds are usually extremely time consuming. Anyone who has made a website in the past few years would agree. That is why as a web designer, this week is a good week, because the market share of IE6 has dropped below 5%.

But truth be told, the legacy browsers themselves aren't the ones to be blamed for the troubles of modern-day web design frustrations. Most of them held their own back in the day. And it were actually the earlier versions if IE (mainly versions 4 to 6) that drove the development and adoption of CSS and other modern web design concepts. The real culprits of this tasteless perpetuation of outdated browsers are in fact the non-tech-savvy users who can't tell the difference and companies who are unwilling to upgrade their systems.

This reluctance to upgrade not only wastes us web designers and our client's time, but also poses as a security risk for the users themselves. Large websites such as Facebook and Google have taken steps in the right direction by discontinuing support for older browsers. Let's hope this trend continues so that one day, us web designers can go back to creating beautiful web pages instead of debugging code just to get things to work properly in a decade browser.

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