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BTW - I wish MS had not extended End of Life for XP. The main reason that people are still on IE 8 is because they're stuck on XP and IE is the max version on XP. When XP finally dies, IE8 will be dead.I have a user base on a few of my sites that ranges from age 13 to 75+ with a few over 80. An extreme case as they are historic preservationists focused on ONE mode of transportation. So it's a small niche, of a small niche within a very small niche!
I also start by coding with a recent browser but refrain from doing a 'pixel perfect' layout coding. I go for a mostly Responsive design. I DO NOT offer a mobile version for the 8+ year old cell phones with <300 pixel screens.
I do EVENTUALLY view all sites on IE6/IE7/IE8/IE9 but only make SLIGHT changes to address major forms of visually disruptive behavior like overlap, items popping out of intended flow, etc. I do use CSS to turn off image borders & outlines when used in A tags but I DO NOT have a separate style sheet for any version of IE.
We actually write code in IE8 first.
You either code for Gecko or WebKit first, then the other, then Presto (while it's still around) and then lastly and always lastly Internet Explorer.