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[7]: I like IE6, really
by Delgarde on Fri 26th Feb 2010 00:10 UTC in reply to "RE[6]: I like IE6, really"
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Facebook is not part of the public web anyway - its a private gated community. It might almost as well be implemented in Flash.

You're missing the point. Yes, Facebook is a membership site, but if it were completely open, the point would still stand - it's a website used by millions of people, and which could not feasibly be built without scripting.

Yes for web apps Javascript is a big bonus. But there are web email applications that don't require javascript, even if they aren't as flashy as Gmail.

Yes, I mentioned those. Never mind being as flashy as Gmail - they're almost universally usability disasters, a consequence of trying to build applications (as opposed to content) while refraining from using the tools to do a good job.

I do acknowledge there is always a judgement call about when support for older clients should be phased out. But it is the fact that the web is a public content space that means we should keep accessibility in mind for longer than we might in other contexts.

If IE6 were the current version, or even the previous current of Internet Explorer, that'd be fair. But it's been years since that was the case, it's been obsoleted in favor of IE7, which in turn has been replaced by IE8. It's a dinosaur that predates the modern web (Web 2.0, if you like buzzwords), and generally isn't worth the effort of supporting.

Much the same argument, I would note, applied to Netscape 4 back in it's day - some people persisting in using it long after development in rivals (like IE6, even) had rendered it obsolete. It's time has passed.

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