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Conscious Decision to not Support IE



10:38 pm on Jul 15, 2012 (gmt 0)

I've been developing software for over 25 years and have been doing web development for the past 10. I'm an entrepreneur with several web services, some commercial, some not. While putting together a new service this week, non-commerical, I reached my breaking point with Internet Explorer and made a conscious decision to just not support it with this latest site. It just sucks up too much of my time. So now when users log into my site using IE they will see the following message: [i.imgur.com...]

I'm not forcing my users to use another browser to view my site, simply informing them that IE isn't specifically supported and then I encourage them to try another browser, explaining the benefits.

I'd like to try to turn this into a movement. I've already registered a domain name to support it. I understand that commercial sites' survival probably depend on supporting IE, but there are a lot of sites out there that aren't commercial that could help.

Am I wrong in thinking that the majority of web developers out there feel the same way as I do?

Am I naive in thinking that web developers could actually make a difference by educating the web browsing public?

What do you think?

Thanks for your time.


11:03 pm on Jul 15, 2012 (gmt 0)

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welcome to WebmasterWorld, jacksragingbileduct!

i would spend all that time and energy on a valid doctype declaration and validating code.
that usually solves the user agent-specific problems.


7:10 am on Jul 18, 2012 (gmt 0)

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I would agree with phranque.

Although not perfect when solving cross-browser compatibility issues, it does help eliminate the (X)HTML coding as the problem.

I would validate the CSS coding also.

Your notice would alienate me if I visited. I have a number of browsers on my machine for testing purposes and even though I develop websites my default web browser is IE. Why? Because not everyone is a geek when it comes to using the internet. They work with what they have or what they are comfortable with. If it ain't broke, don't fix it. Even if your cool kid/grandkid says to use Firefox. (smiles) I want to see what the average visitor's experience is. I also test in all the other browsers I have just to be sure the geeks are happy also.

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