In terms of standards-compliance and feature support, nothing causes more pain to a developer than Internet Explorer 6.
It caused hours of painful debugging to get the same look and feel for a website. It put brilliant minds at work to devise hacks and workarounds to make it more standards-compliant. It killed millions of web developer neurons just because a small percentage of people (including, maybe, your client’s peers) have refused to upgrade.
There used to be a time when on any given day you’d hear someone in the office say: “Oh man, I wish IE6 was dead already!” But after the outrage settled, the person responsible would sit down and respect the accessibility code by continuing the mind-numbing debugging process. The day IE6 died was a concept similar to the “light at the end of the tunnel” – a recognized reality situated somewhere in the future at a psychologically infinite distance.
But the future is promising. Things are definitely steering in the right direction with Google and Amazon joining the ‘kill-IE6’ army last month. Some have even gone so far as proclaiming the browser dead and organized an obituary and wake in its painful memory. I must say I sympathize with these people from all my heart as I proudly join them and refuse the total waste of resources called ‘developing for IE6’.
As far as I’m concerned IE6 is dead.
That’s why I’ll finally get to the point of this post: a small compilation of IE6-related memorabilia.
1. What God does to kitten when you use IE6
Original source: António Farinha
2. What retarded PNG support and CSS compliance does to fragile developers
Original source: Laughing Squid
3. A friendlier way of disposing IE6 users
Original source: John Martz
4. IE6 Standards compliance demonstrated on a human model
Original source: Atzu
5. The life, times and death of IE6
Original source: Smashing Magazine
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- Dear IE6
- End 6
- IE6 Funeral
- …and my all time favorite: Crash IE6 with one line of code