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For Petes Sake Stop Using IE6

Written by: Peter Fisher on November 1, 2011
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IE6 No More

IE6 should be put in the trash

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  ie6nomoreie6update 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:

[crayon lang=”html”]


Code from ie6nomore

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Peter Fisher is a web developer working in Gloucester UK. Founder of the digital agency Websomatic, author of this blog and the HowToCodeWell Youtube channel. Peter has over ten years of web development experience under his belt

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6 Responses

Malinda Ring says:

Hi, Neat post. There is a problem with your web site in internet explorer, would check this… IE still is the market leader and a huge portion of people will miss your fantastic writing because of this problem.

Pete says:

I’ve checked IE8 and I cannot see any obvious problems with the site. Please let me know what the issue is.
Microsoft Internet Explorer is not the market leader for web browsers. W3C schools has recorded that in November 2011, Internet Explorer captured only 21.2% of the browser market. Whereas Mozilla Firefox had 38.1% and Google Chrome had 33.4%. More information can be found at the W3C browser Statistics page

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