Internet Explorer 6 actually still exists? I am afraid that is the case. And, actually they estimate that as much as 29% of web users still use IE 6, which is obsolete and almost ten years old. However, thankfully, there is a massive push by web developments, internet gurus, social networking sites, and big online companies, to try to phase out IE 6. Personally, I believe, as do many web developers, that IE 6’s outdated browser and need for “hacks” make it such a headache to program for, and not to mention the problems with it not complying with standards, the myriads of security issues, it does not completely comply with CSS, and it restricts and limits us web developers from creating more advanced web material. I truly wish everyone would upgrade to a higher level of IE, to Firefox, or what even browser you prefer.
Big companies like YouTube, Digg, and Facebook are requiring their users to upgrade their browsers, because these sites know in order to improve the web experience for their viewers, they have to make sure all the viewers are using a browser that is compatible with the website’s capabilities. Also, there is an interesting site called IE No More, that actually gives web developers a code to place in their sites that will give viewers an alert if they are using IE 6. The alert says that the viewer is using an old browser, and should update in order to improve the site viewing and experience. In my opinion, alerting the visitor to upgrade the browser in order to better experience the web, is a great idea, and should be done by web developers. It is free to update, why not do it? Whatever browser you or your clients use, please make sure it is not an out-dated version. Let’s get together to phase out old obsolete browsers, so we can help the web to move forward to its full potential!
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