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I need to present a lot of information to my users pulled from a MySql.

I am looking for various options to display the data with cool graphics.

Are there any ways to make use of SVG, for instance, in various old browsers like IE5? I am mainly looking for the right web technology with cross platform support.

Thank you all for your suggestions!

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Why do you need to support IE5? Is your target audience Windows 98/Me users? Even Windows NT 4.0 users have access to IE6. –  Lèse majesté Feb 1 '12 at 2:24
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Conditional comments allow you to target CSS directly at specific versions of internet explorer, or versions above a specific version. This helps fix bugs seen in only a single browser version, or target graphics at specific IE browsers and not others e.g. showing a gif to IE6 but a png to 7 or above.

In wider terms the general principal for website design vs old browsers is graceful degradation i.e. that users of very old browsers would get a usable site, just not the all singing all dancing experience that users of more recent browsers get.

To address your question directly this plugin assists with SVG in version 6 or above, google also offer some libraries, and this might provide a little more data about SVG in IE5 specifically.

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