Internet Explorer 6 is 10 years old, its full of security holes , it doesn’t follow the latest w3c standards and is only supported in Microsoft XP SP3. So why is IE6 not dead yet?
Well, users are switching to better browsers but in my view this is a slow and painful progression. According to ie6countdown in October this year, 8% of browser usage was done by IE6 and this covers both commercial and public sectors.
Not long ago I was at a travel agents and the member of staff was using IE6 to find holidays that matched my requirements. Seeing the staff member use IE6 was a shock and I started getting cold shivers as I watched her input my personal details into the system. In my view IE6 should of been taken to the back of the developer shed and shot a long time ago. Its remarkable that a browser could live longer then 10 years and span over 3 major operating systems.
Who is to blame
Out of the 8%, The Peoples Republic of China are the heaviest users of IE6 followed by South Korea and Japan. UK alone nearly makes up 2% of all IE 6 users. As a developer this frustrating as its holding back the user experience and the overall progression of the web.
Lets wipe it off the face of cyberspace
It not all doom and gloom. Last year IE6 counted for 16.3% of browser usage so its going in the right direction. Sites like ie6nomore , ie6update and ie6funeral are helping to spread the word about the coming fall of IE6. Developers are helping to promote upgrading to a better browser by adding the following code to their sites:
Code from ie6nomore