I’ll be honest – I hate Internet Explorer 6. Its out of date methods of rendering the web cause me the largest headaches and frustration that I can’t even begin to explain. However, being a web designer, that is no excuse not to ensure that your client’s websites render properly in this browser. 14.24% of their conversions depend on the rendering of that website!
As of December 2009, 14.24% of the Statcounter enabled websites have recorded the visitors using Internet Explorer 6. I thought that the stat had dropped to single digits ages ago, but it appears that I am wrong. Many people still haven’t upgraded from the damned browser that was released over 8 years ago.
Thankfully the browser is slowly dying, at the start of 2009 in January over 23% of internet users were using IE6. I could see this browser sticking around for another 2-3 years at the current rate of depreciation in percentage.
Make sure your websites render (or partially render) in IE6!
Nothing would frustrate me more if I had took the time to write articles that people were coming to through search engines, website referrals, etc. and then to have my website look terrible to the end user. Yes, the content may be “readable” but if the blog looks terrible, they won’t be coming back. TOO MUCH work went into the process to deter the visitor off of my content because of their browser choice.
Take the time to test and fix problems
You can download MultipleIEs (WIN) for this task, as it allows you to run IE6, IE 5.5 etc in parallel with your current Internet Explorer installation. I’ve installed it on my computer and use it anytime I design a client’s website. For Mac users, you could try downloading Wine and using the IEs4Linux installer script.
Problems with my Blog in Internet Explorer 6:
I was actually surprised when everything rendered pretty well in IE6. There was only one major problem that I had to address.
Problem #1 – Transparent .PNGs:
Well, this one was actually pretty easy. I use a script that you can download called IEPNGFIX.HTC which forces .PNG transparency on any image you determine in the header of your blog (or website). The only problem with it is that it doesn’t work with absolute positioning, which can be a pain for some.
The Fix: Add the image classes into the script mentioned above.
Many people protest that IE6 is a bad browser and want it to be history, therefore not supporting it on their website or their clients websites. Personally, I think that’s a stupid idea due to the 14% of internet users that still use it… why make your job harder by not supporting a browser?
How do you make the IE6 browser behave?