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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by nt_jerkface on Sat 27th Feb 2010 09:18 UTC in reply to "So..."
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Yea that must be it. They must be slothful. It can't be that they don't like wasting their time with a legacy browser.

A web developer who works 40 hours a week can be far more productive if he doesn't have to target IE6. But according to you he must be lazy if he hates spending his time on IE6, even if he works 40 hours regardless.

I was working on an ASP AJAX web app last year and at some point it became apparent that getting the interface to look right in IE6 would take more tweaking than all the other browsers combined. It isn't just about CSS and PNG hacks. IE6 pukes all kinds of weird problems with AJAX.

Here's an example from the forums:
We have implemented an <asp:menu> control for site navigation, the menu has four main categories, and is at most 2 levels deep in some parts, there are in total around 40 menu items; we add/remove menu items dynamically depending on user permissions. Now the problem with IE6 is that if a user spends some time hovering over the menu items, the browser eventually crashes.

Sometimes a combination of valid JavaScript, Style Sheet, and DOM manipulation will crash IE6.

As for a fix, I'd recommend upgrading your web browser to IE7.

But you think not supporting IE6 makes you lazy? Maybe a website that doesn't support 200 languages has lazy developers as well. Or maybe they have limited resources and want to use them effectively, just like web developers who would like to make effective use of their time. IE6 wastes time by requiring extensive tweaking that is not required for other browsers. Some websites keep a separate IE6 site so they don’t have to bother with endless hacks. IE6 is not only the bane of web development productivity but a giant security risk as well. .

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