WEB Do you guys still try to make your sites work in IE6?

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  1. Ancoats

    Ancoats New Member

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    It feels like no matter what I do, when my sites work in IE7/IE8/Firefox/Safari/Chrome/Opera IE6 has to fuck it all up.

    I know its not good practice to think 'fuck it', but I'm seriously annoyed with it, as its wasting my time editing my CSS files for ages trying to get everything looking good, and on the off chance it works in IE6, it doesn't on the other browsers. So I'm considering implementing a warning/script that re-directs the user who's using IE6 to the download page for IE8 on my sites.

    What does everyone else do? Have you given up designing for IE6 or is it worth the extra hours/days to make everything work?
     
  2. fishbulb

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    I have to because that's still 20-25% of visitors for me. It does take a bit of extra time, sometimes a lot, but starting with a good css reset like http://meyerweb.com/eric/thoughts/2007/05/01/reset-reloaded/ and occasionally using an IE6 CSS file to override a few things makes it not quite so bad.
    Code:
    <!--[if lte IE 6]>
    <link type="text/css" rel="stylesheet" href="css/ie6.css" />
    <![endif]--> 
    
    At least for me once you make it through a couple decent sized sites fixing the bugs for IE6 you learn them, and pick up on them much quicker in the future, although it will obviously be less and less useful as time goes on. Doesn't help find extrememly specific problems, but someone post a link to this the other day which is a good collection: http://www.virtuosimedia.com/tutori...tsheet-how-to-fix-25-internet-explorer-6-bugs if you didn't already see it
     
  3. Cojones

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    of course, there are still a lot of people who use IE6.
     
  4. Divine Vengeance

    Divine Vengeance New Member

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    no.

    Unless I'm putting together something static for a client (like a non-interactive corporate site), I generally don't code for IE6 anymore. Especially not if I'm doing something CSS/JS intensive that IE6 doesn't support, and the site can't function without (like an interactive game or something).

    The browser is far beyond its lifespan and needs to be upgraded, but people won't upgrade unless given a reason to. Give them their reason, if you are given the opportunity.
     
  5. brds

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    Yep. I use a browser class and adjust accordingly
     
  6. Pepsi1975

    Pepsi1975 Mod of the Year

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    and just because they can't view your site is not going to be reason enough :rofl:

    so they will move on to the next site that offers what you do and use it instead
     
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    It depends on your demographic really, but in general I try to
     
  8. Divine Vengeance

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    :dunno: doesn't matter to me. the sites I do it for are unique applets or proof-of-concept demos, I'm not going to hinder functionality because of outdated technology. Unless you think I should be coding support for Netscape 1.1 while I'm at it :hsugh:
     
  9. Pepsi1975

    Pepsi1975 Mod of the Year

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    you are tool, no one said that, but when ie 6 still has a large market, then there is no reason to exclude them and fuck over customers
     
  10. MikeTheVike1

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    Yes, I'm getting used to the bugs, and subconsciously avoid them. Last few websites I've worked on have had hardly any problems.

    It is still a major pain having to test in IE6,7, and now 8.
     
  11. Divine Vengeance

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    I'm a tool because the thread title is "do you still test for IE6" and I responded no, and then gave you a valid response as to why I don't personally see the point

    good logic there!
     
  12. Cojones

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    :rofl:

    awesome thing that the title is "Do you guys still try to make your sites work in IE6" :rofl:
     
  13. Pepsi1975

    Pepsi1975 Mod of the Year

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    No I called you a tool because you mentioned netscape 1.1 in your arguement
     
  14. Insert Tokens

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    I'm forced to. 40% of corporate world still uses it, according to our visitor stats :(
     
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    You can still make great looking sites that are compatible with IE6 ... not making your site work cleanly in IE6 is like throwing away a third of your visitors :dunno:
     
  16. Divine Vengeance

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    I see the point of mentioning ns1.1 as outdated technology went clear above your head. When you can find another software development sector that actively optimizes its products to 8 year old hardware or software, let me know. Unless you've already figured out how to run DX10 games on max-settings with a GeForce 3 (which, like IE6, came out in 2001).

    I'm unsurprised that you're having difficulty wrapping your head around "throwing away customers." Before you post a suitably smug reply about how you're scraping every last adsense dollar off those IE6 visitors, try to remember that there are actually people who code to do something new and original, in which "profit" comes in a far second, if at all.
     
  17. Pepsi1975

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    wrong

    you are comparing apples and oranges, yes ie 6 is outdated, it is still being used, where as netscape is not, and it is not that hard to make a site work on ie6, but what you are now comparing it now too, you might as well compare a vw bug and a lambo, video gaming and internet browsers are not even close :rofl:

    and everyone in here knows I am not an affliate marketer like most in here, I design sites for clients, small business and what not, so i do design for all users to visit, so my clients are not pushing away potential customers or users

    so once again you are talking out your ass, so keep looking like a tool, I am enjoying laughing at the shit you are spouting to try and prove you are right and you keep failing at it :rofl::rofl:
     
  18. Divine Vengeance

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    yes, I'm clearly failing, yet you cannot grasp how ns was an exaggerated example of ie6 to illustrate a point. more to the point, pursuing profit CLEARLY went over your head, because, by your own admission, you code for clients in order to get PAID. that usually involves dollars, does it not? :hsugh: I see someone drew the short straw out of the genetic lottery.

    I'm also pleased that you drew on your extensive experience coding generally static sites (and, I bet, using third party backend frameworks) and tried to apply it as you being creative. But clearly I'm talking out my ass, why don't you prove your intellect even further by elaborating on the last time you actually encountered a situation where you implemented a new idea using technology that IE6 doesn't support. Your small-business development acumen has proven you to be the internet's foremost authority on new development software, you have probably overcome hurdles that I have not even DREAMED of in my simple, ignorant existence.
     
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  19. Pepsi1975

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    :rofl::rofl::rofl::rofl::rofl::rofl::rofl::rofl::rofl::rofl:

    thanks for proving my point, if anyone drew the short straw it was you with your failed attempt at comparing ie6 with netscape 1.1

    I am done with this discussion, thanks for the entertainment, but I should get back to the 2 sites I am working on for clients
     
  20. Divine Vengeance

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    I see you've taken a play from the Showsquare playbook, playing it cool and making a quick exit. maybe you can prove your internet creative genius in the next opinion thread?
     
  21. Mikenotmike

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    I always do.. it's embarrassing when an ie6 user tells me everything is all jacked up looking, gives the appearance that I don't know what I'm doing.. plus it's not usually THAT hard to get it all patched up..

    I don't validate however :o
     
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    Yes, being around the DC area... /gofigure.

    After that we need to kill Firefox 2.0 users.
     
  23. Pepsi1975

    Pepsi1975 Mod of the Year

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    yawn, it was more that you were boring me and I grew tired of this, when you have nothing to add worth interest
     
  24. SnugNuts

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    My forum has a main demographic of younger people who use Firefox, chrome, etc. so no i dont bother
     
  25. Pepsi1975

    Pepsi1975 Mod of the Year

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    most forum software will work in most browsers, so there is not much you have to do with a forum on that aspect
     

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