IE6 Status – Mid 2008

Microsoft Internet Explorer 6 was released on August 21, 2001. It attained a peak of about 95% usage share during 2002 and 2003.  Then IE7 was launched in late 2006 and it began a sharp market share decline.

I just checked my Google Analytics (as well as some other sources) and there is still a not-insignificant audience using IE6.  Maybe 5-10%, but still that is alot of people.

Real web developers who aren’t lazy like me support IE6 and just do the legwork, but the truth is that it is a pain in the ass.  IE6 rendered web pages horribly and JavaScript runs like a dog in it.  (A slow dog)  I just wish that there was a way out of this mess.

When IE6 was the dominant browser, developers could really push the envelope because they didn’t have to test everything 5-6 times in different systems.  Not it’s just a mish-mash.  IE6, IE7, FF2, FF3.  I can’t keep up.

For a decade now, Flash has been the alternative.  But yet, it has never made it.  Here is my guess as to why:  You need the IDE.  If they had made it so you could produce Flash with pure CSS and html then it would have been alot more palatable.  I guess they wanted to make money, but they missed the opportunity to be the dominant rendering engine.  Oh well, enough time spent in la-la land.  Back to work.  I have to debug IE6 now.

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