Linked by Kroc Camen on Thu 25th Feb 2010 10:18 UTC
Humor BBC News reports "Mark your diaries for 4 March because in Denver the funeral arrangements are well underway for the planned passing that day of Internet Explorer 6". There's a phobia of being buried alive but I think in this case, it's the living that are all too quick to be shoveling the dirt over as IE6 doesn't officially die until 2014 when Microsoft pull the life-support.
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I like IE6, really
by Luke8844 on Thu 25th Feb 2010 19:49 UTC
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What a sad day that everyone yearns for loss of diversity of web clients, although I'm not suprised at this reaction on OSNews. I thought the great thing about the web was that we don't all have to think or be the same.

I'm sure I'll be shot down in flames, but I like and still use IE6. Its UI is non-pretentious and fits in perfectly on XP, it loads fast and doesn't get in my way. Admittedly I have a content proxy between me and the web so I don't have to deal with too much flash. It's still supported by Microsoft and they are still issue security patches for it. OK maybe they shouldn't have been there in the first place, but mature software has a lot to be said for it. IE6 is reliable and good enough for 95% of the web.

Yes - I tried IE7/IE8 (visual urgh on XP), Firefox (slow to load), Chrome (why did you reinvent the window?) Opera (kitchen sink UI (TM)) and Safari on windows (cannot stomach Apple policy, and again non-standard UI on XP). I keep going back to IE6 for day to day use, but I keep Firefox for when a website has been badly designed to force me to use something more recent.

Whatever happened to "This site works with any browser"? Would we be happy to celebrate the day the web stops supporting text mode browsers? In my old-fart view, the web is about content and hypertext not flashy shiny bling.

Will anyone else own up to using IE6 or feeling sad that everyone is dancing on its grave?

I await the flames.

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