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: I like IE6, really
by google_ninja on Thu 25th Feb 2010 21:32 UTC in reply to "I like IE6, really"
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2006-02-05

but I keep Firefox for when a website has been badly designed to force me to use something more recent.


That is actually the problem -- to get a website to display correctly in other browsers, you have to do it right. To get it to display in IE, you need to do it wrong. But it can't be wrong for everything, so that means you have to write scripts and css that will manipulate the site to become wrong, but isolate those hacks in specific ways that are actually invalid (so that other browsers just ignore them), but in ways that IE interprets fine.

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.


The people celebrating are us web developers, for the reasons I outlined above. Being able to say "This site works in any browser" gets WAY easier and cleaner when that phrase does not include IE6.

Edited 2010-02-25 21:34 UTC

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RE[2]: I like IE6, really
by Luke8844 on Thu 25th Feb 2010 22:12 in reply to "RE: I like IE6, really"
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2010-02-25

The people celebrating are us web developers, for the reasons I outlined above.


It depends where you consider web development to reside - in the client, on the server or in the integration of your server onto a heterogeneous network containing a wide diversity of systems. Actually I consider myself a web developer too.

Being able to say "This site works in any browser" gets WAY easier and cleaner when that phrase does not include IE6.


That is truly ironic.

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RE[3]: I like IE6, really
by google_ninja on Thu 25th Feb 2010 22:29 in reply to "RE[2]: I like IE6, really"
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2006-02-05

That is truly ironic.


Why?

We are talking about a buggy platform implementation. If you are integrating services over a network, you probably deal with boatloads of xml. Imagine you are serializing some sort of message, and can pass it fine to any of a half dozen services without any problem, except for one. It has a buggy xml parser, and not only requires a different serialization process, but figuring out kludges to get it to accept the data you need it to accept is largely a matter of trial and error, and tends to take most of the time required when making even simple changes to your model.

Wouldn't you be very, very happy if you came into work one day, and found out your company was upgrading that system to a newer version that didn't have those problems anymore?

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