Linked by Kroc Camen on Sat 30th Jan 2010 06:58 UTC, submitted by chrisfriberg
Google BBC News reports: Google has begun to phase out support for Internet Explorer 6, the browser identified as the weak link in a "sophisticated and targeted" cyber attack on the search engine. The firm said from 1 March some of its services, such as Google Docs, would not work "properly" with the browser. It recommended individuals and firms upgrade "as soon as possible".
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IE6 out, Silverlight in... Sigh...
by buurtnerd on Sat 30th Jan 2010 09:36 UTC
buurtnerd
Member since:
2009-04-12

I am happy to see IE6 die. I am a web developer and IE6 and its userbase is the reason I could never use the full potential of todays JavaScript, CSS and HTML.

Unfortunately thanks to everybody who buys WIN7 we'll be soon developing all for Silverlight within a couple of months; just because noone realizes that buying MS products is the same as turning back time (again...). I lost complete faith in humanity lately.

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Kroc Member since:
2005-11-10

Talk about pointing the gun away from one foot, and shooting the other.

IE6 and its userbase is the reason I could never use the full potential of todays JavaScript, CSS and HTML


Nope, the blame lies with you. You failed to draw the line and say no, to stand up to the values you hold. I've been developing with the latest and greatest quite easily.

I don't blame you though, it's you who should blame yourself. You've got a job to keep, a boss to please and stupid deadlines to meet. But honestly, the reason IE6 persists is because developers have not been willing to put their foot down and just say no.

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another_sam Member since:
2009-08-19

dammit where is the thumb-up button???

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buurtnerd Member since:
2009-04-12

I agree but that means I must quit my job now and start a web company of my own with no customers. So, the only way to stop IE6 and other MS web-crap is to end one's IT carreer or die. Feels a bit like Orwell's 1984.

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lucas_maximus Member since:
2009-08-18

Well you obviously lucky enough to not work for a company that says that they support all major browsers. ... some of us have to keep our jobs, which means supporting IE6 .. since it is still a major browser.

Edited 2010-01-30 11:29 UTC

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FooBarWidget Member since:
2005-11-11

Oh yes it is entirely his fault that he chose to be able to have a meal every day. And that child in Africa with AIDS and abusive parents, it's all his fault that his life is like that, right?

Edited 2010-01-30 11:51 UTC

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Budd Member since:
2005-07-08

You dude are so full of ... yourself. I was about to say more but I see that the person already answered much more politely.Just want to say this though, I'm sick of you people blaming developers for such stupid things when all they do is to respect the specs.If your manager says this is how it should be done and you come and say,listen boss this won't be cross compatible but it will take like twice faster to implement what do you think the answer is? The manager,for all he knows, doesn't even know if he will be there when the shit is gonna hit the fan! All he's doing is to deliver on promises (which most probably he set).

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rebus Member since:
2009-10-25

The blame lies with developers eh? Ever heard for a word "client"?

Look it up, it should be in every dictionary.

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Tuishimi Member since:
2005-07-06

I'd bump this up but I have already commented. But also, being more "old school" (emphasis on the OLD) I think that pure HTML/CSS, or at least less reliance on Javascript, is an even better way to go.

Why do we NEED all this "flash"y stuff anyway? :/

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looncraz Member since:
2005-07-24

I was thinking much along those lines myself.

The phase-out should have occurred by web-sites and services becoming non functional.

This is the way it always went in the past. The 4.0 browser evolution was rather smooth for that very reason.

IE/NS 3.0 would not longer work, you needed NS4, or IE4/5... or Opera...

--The loon

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chrisfriberg Member since:
2009-04-08

Talk about pointing the gun away from one foot, and shooting the other.

"IE6 and its userbase is the reason I could never use the full potential of todays JavaScript, CSS and HTML


Nope, the blame lies with you. You failed to draw the line and say no, to stand up to the values you hold. I've been developing with the latest and greatest quite easily.

I don't blame you though, it's you who should blame yourself. You've got a job to keep, a boss to please and stupid deadlines to meet. But honestly, the reason IE6 persists is because developers have not been willing to put their foot down and just say no.
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<--[if lte IE 7]>
But as a web developer, my aim is to make money. The reason I get the jobs that the last guy didn't is because he put his "stupid" foot down. Why blame my boss for someone else's crappy software?

The irony is that IE6 was released in 2001. Now in 2010 I STILL have to design sites for modern browsers and then IE7, which was released in 2006.
<[endif]-->

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