My original plan was to do a quick blog post on the reasons why I no longer wish to support IE6…. lack of support for current web-standards, no PNG transparency support, a range of other bizarre problems and quirks that can make developers weep with frustration, and the fact that there are heaps of better alternatives (IE7, Firefox, Chrome, Safari etc). But then I came across TheManInTheSea‘s great response to a FAQ on his site which I liked so much that I thought I’d share it.
Do you do any support for Internet Explorer 6?
When IE6 first came on the scene in in early 2001, websites were built with tables and I could bring toe-nail clippers on an airplane. Web Standards was still just a dream to many designers and Microsoft controlled much of the market share (close to 95%). Fortunately, that was almost ten years ago… and surprisingly the internet has changed. Sadly, IE6 delivers such a poor view of the internet that some foreign dictators have been known to offer prison time to anyone caught surfing with it. The latest statistics have shown that IE6 is loosely connected to permanent brain damage, global warming and the recent economic hardship that much of the global economy is experiencing. That’s why every one should upgrade to FF or IE7.
So in short. No I don’t. Sorry.