The eradication of Internet Explorer 6 off the planet


I know, you still hear about Internet Explorer 6. This browser was born 10 years ago and some people still use it. We really think it’s time for us to say goodbye to this old version of our browser.

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To help us track the usage of IE6, we created a website you probably see a couple of times: IE6 countdown. It tracks the usage of this version of the browser everywhere in the world. If you are a fan of Web standard like myself, you probably want the usage go under the actual 7.1%. Actually, 0% would be awesome!

There are three ways you can help us, and help Web developers, to get Internet Explorer 6 eradication:

  1. Ask your customer to upgrade
    If you have a website or a Web application, you can add a tiny piece of code to your website to notify your customer to upgrade to the latest version of the browser. It’s easy to add and it won’t stop your visitors using your site. You can grab the code here. If you want to be more aggressive, you can create your own code to force people to upgrade.
  2. Educate others
    It’s not just about ourselves: we need to educate others. Think about your coworker, who are still supporting this version. You need to also think about non technical ones. Vendors that propose to your customer the support. Your father that didn’t upgrade to a newer version. Everybody that use or support IE6 need to know that they are using a browser that is not supported by us anymore, but also, that is more than 10 years old.
  3. Share this blog post or the IE6 Countdown website
    Sharing this blog post or the website is a good idea to educate others. Use your social media and share them on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn or Google+. The more we will inform people, the less we will have to take care of IE6.

So, will you help us eradicate Internet Explorer 6 off the planet? I mean, of the universe!?

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