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Should i bother about IE6?

 9:08 am on Nov 16, 2007 (gmt 0)

i am writing a website that works fine on FF and IE7, etc. not on IE6 though. do i need to bother or is it considered redundant?
many thanks



 9:53 am on Nov 16, 2007 (gmt 0)

According to my stats, 30-35% of users are still using IE6, so it isn't redundant yet.


 10:09 am on Nov 16, 2007 (gmt 0)

Lots of corporate users with strong security measures and tight controls in place will not be upgrading to IE7 in a hurry.




 10:28 am on Nov 16, 2007 (gmt 0)

that is one fast reply, cheers!
OMG. then what do i do when my site doesn't show properly in IE6?
it's a men's swimwear company.
how do i check IE6 compatability? i upgraded to IE7 and i don't have access to IE6 now. can i go back to 6?

[edited by: encyclo at 11:12 am (utc) on Nov. 16, 2007]
[edit reason] no URLs thanks [/edit]


 10:29 am on Nov 16, 2007 (gmt 0)

adfa, welcome to WebmasterWorld!

My advice is to just buy a new machine for IE6. The price of new entry-level boxes is now so low that if you buy one without a monitor, then add a KVM switch you can be kitted out for a couple of billable hours at the most.


 10:49 am on Nov 16, 2007 (gmt 0)

i hate IE :(
kill it.
is it worth looking at my code to see any obvious reasons why IE6 doesn't like it?


 10:54 am on Nov 16, 2007 (gmt 0)

IE6 and IE7 are mostly incompatible. I've yet to see a website display the same in both without extra hacks or alternative stylesheets to achieve it.


 11:03 am on Nov 16, 2007 (gmt 0)

hmm, thanks.
so what do i do?
i have used css and am new to it. is it worth one of the more godlike css people having a look and telling me if there are any simple fixes for IE6?


 11:10 am on Nov 16, 2007 (gmt 0)

Try this:


 11:27 am on Nov 16, 2007 (gmt 0)

cool idea. will try there.
thanks for your help.
much appreciated.


 12:31 pm on Nov 16, 2007 (gmt 0)

I still use IE6 and have no intention of changing or upgrading in the forseeable future. So buh-bye! :-)


 6:29 am on Nov 17, 2007 (gmt 0)

adfa, don't buy another machine for IE 6. You need to run both IE 6 and IE 7 to test your site on both browsers. I know that really sucks, but I think there is a solution...

Try this link: [webmasterworld.com ]

Also, there is a nice browser for Windows called Maxthon ( Google it and download it if you want), and the good news is that, it works like IE 6. so chances are you can test your site on Maxthon and then it might work good on IE 6 as well.

Good luck!


 3:31 pm on Nov 23, 2007 (gmt 0)

theres also an application called MultiIE (or multipleIE) that works very well.

through building loads of websites i've found the following code a good basis for multiple browsers.

<link rel="stylesheet" href="/includes/css/site.css" type="text/css" />
<!--[if IE 7]>
<link rel="stylesheet" href="/includes/css/ie.css" type="text/css" />
<!--[if lte IE 6]>
<link rel="stylesheet" href="/includes/css/ie6.css" type="text/css" />

you can then tweak to both IE 7 and 6 without messing with the base css which should always validate ;)


 12:21 am on Nov 24, 2007 (gmt 0)

oh wow.
thank you everyone for you're very helpful comments. this is a lovely site.
trouble is, they're all too useful and now i have to decide which one to use! :) (only joking)


 11:36 pm on Nov 25, 2007 (gmt 0)

hey kolin - is the [if] a M'soft invention or do you know if it can work for other browsers?


 10:28 am on Nov 29, 2007 (gmt 0)

yeah, they are specific to m***osoft. only explorer reads the conditionals, to other browsers they are simply html comments.


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