Say “no” to IE6
IE6 is a pain. It’s slow. It doesn’t behave well. Things that work in other browsers break in IE6. Hours and hours of web developer time is spent just making things work in IE6. Why do web developers spend so much time just to make IE6 work? Because a large percentage of users (22%, 25%, 28%) are still on IE6.
Why are so many people still using IE6?! IE7 has been out for two years now. IE8 is a great improvement over IE7, but I don’t think people delayed installing IE7 because they were waiting for a better browser. There’s some other dynamic at play here. Most people say it’s employees at companies where IT mandates IE6. That’s true. But there are also other opportunities to upgrade from IE6, outside of these IT-controlled environments.
I just came back from The Ajax Experience where developers were talking about the trials and tribulations of getting their web apps to work on IE6, but there were no discussions about how to put an end to this. I remembered someone had mentioned SaveTheDevelopers.org and their “say no to IE6″ campaign. I checked it out and added it to my front page and this blog post. If you’re not on IE6, click here to see how it works.
Let’s all start promoting a program like this. Not only will it encourage individuals to upgrade, but it will also apply pressure to those reluctant IT groups. If the code from SaveTheDevelopers.org isn’t right for your site, by all means, code up a different message. We need to start encouraging users to upgrade to newer browsers so they can enjoy a better browsing experience. And sure, maybe we can get a few more hours of sleep, too.