Web designers worldwide are staging an online revolt against the Microsoft Internet Explorer 6 web browser. The designers claim that “IE6,” which was released 8 years ago but is still used by 20% of users, is “crippling the Internet’s potential and slowing down the online experience.”
The "IE 6 No More" website seems to be the hub of online dissent against IE6. The site includes code that developers can insert into their websites to encourage IE6 users to upgrade. Some websites already provide hurdles or roadblocks to IE6. For example, YouTube sends a message to IE6 users, asking them to upgrade to another browser like Internet Explorer 8, Mozilla Firefox or Google Chrome. However, YouTube will continue to function in basic mode for IE6 and other outdated browsers.
Microsoft also wants its users to upgrade to the new IE8. “Microsoft has consistently recommended that consumers upgrade to the latest version of our browser,” the company said. “Internet Explorer 8 offers improvements in speed, security and reliability as well as new features designed for the way people use the Web.”
Web developers especially hate IE6 because they have to write special “hacks” into their code to accommodate the outmoded browser. “As any Web developer will tell you, working with IE 6 is one of the most difficult and frustrating things they have to deal with on a daily basis, taking up a disproportionate amount of their time,” says the IE6 No More site. “Beyond that, IE6’s support for modern Web standards is very lacking, restricting what developers can create and holding the Web back.”
IE6 will face an even bigger challenge when the HTML 5 language is adopted by websites. HTML 5 enables websites to deliver flashier video and act more like traditional desktop applications, but it won’t run on IE6.
Article published on August 10, 2009
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