Will our web site look right in older versions of Internet Explorer?
If you’re referring to Internet Explorer version 6, then yes! At PA Internet Marketing we will continue to support web site rendering on IE6. This support will last until it holds less than 10% of the browser market share. We no longer support earlier versions of Internet Explorer (prior to version 6), as is the case for nearly all web development companies.
Why do we even need to address this question?
IE6 is probably the most notorious non-standards compliant browser being used today. This really has only had an implication on us as developers, but it’s a big deal to us. For years we’ve been spending the extra time necessary to make our web sites “look right” in IE6. Basically, Microsoft chose NOT to adhere to many of the web standards in place at the time of IE6′s release. There are rules and guidelines in place for how content on the web should be coded, and how browsers should render this code. IE6 doesn’t follow many of these guidelines resulting in big headaches for anyone who creates web sites! So we must continue spending the extra time making our sites “IE compliant” until IE6 is phased out of existence. This brings us to yet another question…
If IE6 is so bad, why are people still using it?
Great question! …and believe it or not there ARE some legitimate reasons for people to still being using it. I came across an excellent article on the subject here: http://css-tricks.com/why-people-still-use-ie-6/ In the meantime upgrade to a nicer browser like FireFox or Google Chrome. They’re not only nicer for us developers, but for the average web user as well. One should notice a marked increase in speed and security, and also experience better browser functionalities over those in the Microsoft IE family. Download and see for yourself!
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On January 7, 2009