Web designers has been rallying for years to get rid of Internet Explorer 6 from people’s PCs and for good reasons. Internet Explorer 6 is a nightmare for web designers, yet they can’t ignore it because around 15% of the population is still using the dinosaur. After the release of IE8, it’s high time we make a serious effort to get rid of it for once and for all.
Most people are who are still using Internet Explorer 6 are ignorant of the issues and a majority of them have no idea what a browser is. Unless and until website owners take it as their responsibility to educate them we might never get rid of IE6.
Fortunately, Internet Explorer understands conditional comments tags that can be used to give special instructions meant only for IE. Designers have been using these tags for debugging purposes and we can use these same tags to offer helpful advice to visitors who visit the site using IE6. I have been doing this on Instant Fundas using simple CSS to display the following message to IE6 users. Notice that I have offered a short explanation, simple to understand by non-tech savvy users and non technical. Feel free to use this on your own site.
A new script called ie6-upgrade-warning has emerged that apart from displaying a warning message informing the user to upgrade the browser, it displays a list of alternatives available. The webpage is still visible behind a transparent background, but access to it is prevented. The idea is to force users to upgrade from IE6 and avoid the website from a bad reputation that website is not rendering correctly in IE6.
- no mercy is harsh. Any visitors using IE6 or lower will be prevented from visiting your site. A warning in-page message will be shown explaining them why they are not welcome, with a link to their campaign where they can fully understand the reasons.
- tolerant: This will cause a warning message to be displayed to IE6 users, but they still will be able to visit your site.
If your hatred for IE6 is intense you can choose to be outright abusive by flashing any of these ‘overly judgmental IE6 splash pages’ created by one such Microsoft hater. I wouldn’t recommend using these though. (4 more available on the said page)
Do it whichever way you want to, but do it. Let us make the world a better place sans IE6.