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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RE[4]: I like IE6, really
by Luke8844 on Thu 25th Feb 2010 21:39 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: I like IE6, really"
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Right, but you were the one who raised the subject of text-mode browsers, something virtually useless on the internet today (if still occasionally useful for reading HTML-formatted log/report files over an SSH connection).


Yes I did bring them into it - but the point I was trying to make (not perhaps expressed very well) was about loss of diversity, and whether the only "acceptable" clients on the web are those that support all the latest revisions of the standards.

[...] These days, it's share is small enough that it's just not worth the huge extra effort to support it.


If by that you mean its not worth implementing some particular features to support IE6 as such, I might probably agree. But I'm not sure I relish a web where you have to support every aspect of CSS version N (for some value of N). Why do we still use HTML heading and link tags, when each site can implement its own styling and interaction? Has javascript now become mandatory to view the web? Not yet, but maybe soon.

It seems the loss of client diversity, and a shift towards layout-focussed approaches could become a reason to add more and more complexity to the browser space. I hearby evoke the spirit of Tim Berners-Lee (my selective reading of his vision anyway!)

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