I wanted to follow up on my recent post highlighting the Save the Developers campaign, which is focusing it’s efforts on getting everyone to upgrade their outdated web browsers – specifically Internet Explorer 6.
Internet Explorer 6 Woes
I’ve been making several design updates to this blog, which is still in the Soft Launch phase while I tweak a few design elements, etc.
I have access to an older computer with IE6 for testing purposes – of course, even though this blog utilizes valid XHTML / CSS, it looks terrible on IE6!
On a personal note, this post marks the launch of version 1.2 of this WordPress theme. I’ve still got several tweaks in the works. Next stop? v 1.3 😉
Finally – Transparent PNG’s!
As far as the IE6 issues with this blog… well, there are too many to count! But one major issue that has been holding me back is IE6’s inability to use transparent PNG’s without an IE6 hack, or creating two separate stylesheets (one for IE6 and one for everyone else).
So far I’ve just avoided the issue and not used transparent PNG’s, so as to not have to deal with the excess hassle in trying to make it work for IE6. I’ve been using GIF’s if I need a transparent image, or done work-arounds with JPG’s instead.
Of course, I want my main business web site to be as accessible as possible, regardless of the end user’s web browser. So that site has been setup to accommodate IE6 users with fully validated code.
All sites that I create for my own clients are fully accessible with the latest browser versions and IE6.
There’s no way around that! Business is business, and it’s important to get your message across to as wide an audience as possible.
… vs. Pleasure
But, with this being my personal blog, I have made the decision to send a different message to my audience, by taking the stand for web standards!
I will be fully promoting the Save the Developers cause by NOT worrying myself over compatibility and display issues with IE6.
I have installed the script provided by savethedevelopers.org. IE6 users will see a little graphic at the top of their screen, urging them to upgrade. Hopefully at least one or two people do take the opportunity to upgrade their browser!
This will save hours, if not days in trying to make a fix for an out-dated browser that does not comply to the current web standards. Not to mention, I can finally fully utilize the transparent PNG’s that I’ve been wanting to use for the longest time now.
Together we can make a difference!
If you are a web designer, I hope you’ll join me in promoting this cause!
Please feel free to post a comment below with your web site or blog link if you are promoting the Save the Developers campaign by urging all IE6 users to upgrade their browser and installing the Save the Developers script on your web site or blog.
Maybe this time next year, we can get that number of 30% IE6 users down to 10% or less!