I tweeted this at the beginning of November, but felt it was worth reposting and subsequently retweeting. Smashing Magazine did a great article on continued support of older browsers. While not all web projects require this same amount of time and effort to make work in IE6, there is definitely more labor involved — often with a degraded and sub-standard result, not to mention slight code bloat to fix things like IE6’s lack of PNG transparency and conditional style sheets.
While I don’t take as hard of a line as the Smashing Magazine article, it does make a very valid point — stop giving away stuff for free and see how quickly clients move away from the “need” category when it comes to older browsers.
“But The Client Wants IE 6 Support!”
In searching for a better way to test in older versions of Internet Explorer, a co-worker found this. I haven’t tried it yet, but have downloaded all the files in preparation to do so. Check it out for yourself, and share in the comments your experience and opinions on this as a solution.
Installing IE6, IE7 or IE8 on any OS (Windows 7, OS X or Ubuntu)
For awhile, I’ve been a fan of DD_belatedPNG as the fix for IE6’s lack of alpha transparency on PNGs.
Supersleight jQuery Plugin for Transparent PNGs in IE6
On a slight tangent, can’t they put together a crack team of Microsoft to get people stuck on IE6 some sort of frankenInternet Explorer that is closer to a modern browser on those old OS’s? The whole web and China in particular would thank you.
Wrote this article linked below for Centerline Digital’s blog a few weeks back and thought I’d do a little highly relevant, but still self promotion cross-posting of that article.
Internet Explorer 6 continues to hang around. Let’s do our part to kill it off.
Leading the Fight to Say Farewell to IE6