Save The Developers is promoting a campaign for everyone to…
Say NO to IE6!
Our current campaign focuses on assisting users in upgrading their Internet Explorer 6 web browser. This campaign will result in former IE 6 users having a more enjoyable experience on the web while (hopefully) creating a less stressful and complicated environment for web developers by hastening the retirement of an outdated browser.
A Massive Time-Suck
My goodness, the countless hours that could be saved if IE6 wasn’t still such a popular web browser. It just does not comply to all of the current web standards, making life difficult for web developers all over the world.
What looks good in just about all of the other web browsers – IE7 included – often degrades terribly on IE6. Which is a major time-suck for web designers / developers everywhere.
As web developers, we have to appeal to the masses and spend the time trying to make it work across the board. We either have to loose features or have to come up with crazy hacks, etc. All because so many people are still using IE6, so therefore we still have to cater to it.
According to W3Schools – February 2008 statistics show that:
- 30% of online users are still using IE6
- 22% are using IE7
- 36% are using Firefox
- everything else is 2% or less
I’m glad to see the Firefox numbers rising, but am really disappointed that IE6 is still so popular. I would have thought the percentage of IE7 users would have at least been equal to the percentage of IE6 users.
Clearly there really is need for the Save The Developers campaign.
So, if you are still using Internet Explorer 6 – or know anyone that does…
IE8 is in the works, btw… the beta is already out, though I have not tried it yet.
Just for the Record…
Firefox is my browser of choice, although I’ve recently discovered Flock – also by Mozilla – which will likely soon be my new favorite.
Flock – known as “The Social Web Browser” – has all of the same standards support as Firefox. However it incorporates many tools that help integrate the browser with several of the more popular social media sites such as Twitter, Facebook, Flickr, Del.icio.us, etc. New post on this coming up soon, btw.
Anyway, go check out savethedevelopers.org… If your a web designer / developer, please promote it! If you’re a web user and still using IE6…
Please upgrade! Thank you!
Follow-Up Post: Taking a Personal Stand
I wrote the post below a couple weeks after publishing this one. I hope you’ll join me – at least on your personal sites (I understand we have to deal with IE6 at least for client sites…)