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It completely depends on your user base. In my line of work we support local councils so we have to maintain IE6 support as their computers are generally out of date and won't be upgraded for some time. If you are developing for a cutting edge audience however, then IE6 support will be less necessary. It is advised to make the website usable in IE6 by ...


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The serious answer is to evaluate your users and customers for what they use, and the traffic and usage patterns for MSIE6 in that. You also need to decide how many is enough, can you make your site work "good enough" for IE6, or do things break down functionally for them. You can consider IE conditional comments for cosmetic things. For functionality ...


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If you're working on a contract or freelance basis, this is entirely up to you. I use a version of the Internet Explorer 6 Contract Adendum by Jonathan Christopher of Monday By Noon. As described by the Author: This contract addendum acts as a notification to clients regarding your (limited) support of Internet Explorer. It is released under a Creative ...


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Thats a good question, asked hundreds of times... Andy Clark says it best http://forabeautifulweb.com/blog/about/universal_internet_explorer_6_css Design for better browsers, then design alternative solutions to handle IE6 bugs Write a remedial IE6 stylesheet to address layout issues Use JavaScript to bootstrap CSS support in IE6 Make your ...


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The free IETester application allows you to test IE10 preview, IE9, IE8, IE7 IE 6 and IE5.5 on Windows 7, Vista and XP, and requires no installation of separate virtual images. I've been using it for several years for IE tests without issue. I don't know of an 'official' alternative from Microsoft, but it's possible that they'll be dropping support for the ...


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MS keeps updating the list of Windows Virtual PC VHDs of different Internet Explorer versions so they MAY provide it during their next update cycle. There are multiple options to test web apps in IE6. Check this Smashing Mag review of free & commercial tools for cross-browser testing to find out which will fit your need best. Update [26/Feb/13]: IE VMs ...


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Lots of IE6 bugs/behaviours are still prevalent in IE7. Some bugs that were fixed: basic alpha-transparent png support css child selector !important more properly works :first-letter support min-height partial click bug window.XMLHttpRequest became present, instead of ActiveXObject abbr tag is recognized select z-index bug is resolved as it's become ...


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It is really time to get people to upgrade. You can use things like http://matijabozic.com/IE6-Notification/ if you really want to show people there are other options and that they need to move forward. As Google is even removing IE6 support from their products, it is time we all do the same.


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Since no one has stepped up yet I’ll try to give an answer to this. It’s mostly gathered from reading http://css3pie.com/documentation/product-comparison/ and googling around. I only have hands on experience with CSS3PIE. If you know any of the other projects feel free to edit this CSS3PIE by Jason Johnston Adds good support for Css3 border-radius, ...


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There is a jQuery plugin for it here, or the following script also does a good job (just call it in your <body onload="">; function fixPNG(){ var arVersion = navigator.appVersion.split("MSIE") var version = parseFloat(arVersion[1]) if ((version >= 5.5) && (version < 7) && (document.body.filters)) ...


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One answer I don't see very often is expectation management in conjunction with graded support. We have reached a point where, as a generalization, IE6 users are aware their browser is out of date but for various reasons are unable to upgrade. So the question shifts from one of education to a much better one for us - to what degree to these users understand ...


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The longer we will support this ugly monster the longer it will live, take him off the respirator as he is too old and making our lives miserable


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IE6 supports transparent (but not translucent) PNG's out of the box. The PNG just has to be saved in the PNG8 format. If all you need is a transparent background and not a blending effect you don't need any code. Just save as PNG8.


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Unsupported in IE6 (this is not a complete list): child selector ( div > p ) adjacent sibling selector ( h1 + p ) general sibling selector ( h1 ~ p ) chained class selectors ( .class1.class2 ) attribute selector ( a[href] ) descendant selector after :hover pseudo-class ( div:hover span ) chained pseudo-classes ( a:first-child:hover ) :hover on non-anchor ...


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I personally support it with this on any sites that will let me: http://ie6update.com/ Seriously, it is still a business requirement with many of my clients. And who am I to argue with the people who pay the (bigger) bills?


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Depends on your demographics. Take these 2 sites I operate for example, both with HIGH traffic. Site 1 - blog regarding coding, PDO & databases. Demographic - tech forward, early adopters. IE use TOTAL - 8.7%. ie6 use - negligible. Site 2 - retail site in a mature community with an average customer age of 46. IE use TOTAL - 52% ie6 use - 4.8% ...


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It all depends on your target audience. Will the people you are building your site for expect IE6 to work? Will they be put off if it doesn't? I would suggest using customer focused decision making on questions like this rather than technical. Get to know your customers and plan accordingly. That said, http://gs.statcounter.com/ notes that: IE6 Falls ...


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Posting using IE6 whilst at work (on my lunch!) I work in central UK government, we are stuck on ie6 for the forseeable future, the reason being our payroll system causes ie7 and ie8 to crash. My only other advice is, if you choose to support ie6, remember to test in it as you are building.


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I would recommend dynaTrace AJAX Edition for testing page performance in IE6+. It's a free download (although you have to create an account to actually get a download link) and hooks in to the browser to get low-level timings of network, rendering, scripting, and other metrics. It can also show you what is taking the largest amount of time. This tool has ...


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Microsoft has now launched modern.ie, a website dedicated to testing web pages in Internet Explorer. It includes downloads of virtual machines for testing (although not currently for IE 6): http://www.modern.ie/en-us/virtualization-tools


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When developing a website recently, I looked into stats for my country, Moldova, and decided to not support it. it is still possible to view site in IE6, but with low quality. You can propose IE6 users to install Google Chrome Frame. So they will have an ability to view your site as users of modern browsers do.


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Here is a nice article regarding CSS3 and IE6, from Smashing Magazine: http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2010/04/28/css3-solutions-for-internet-explorer/


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A lot of people will say that it depends on your users and if your users are using IE 6 you need to support it. This is true, but you should stop supporting IE 6 anyway. Build a site that relies heavily on ajax, jquery, javascript, etc.. Load it up in IE 6 and then load it in Chrome. Watch their jaws drop as they see how fast chrome is. Then inform them ...


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For reference, I launched a website around targeting people interested in the world cup 2 months ago. Of the 14,000+ visitors I got, exactly 262 of them used IE6. Its entirely possible that in your domain you will not need to support IE6.


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Checkout http://code.google.com/p/ie7-js/ - It can allow you to use modern features that aren't natively supported by IE


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There are practical ways around the problem of supporting this decrepit old browser. The two major compatibility headaches are Javascript support and CSS support. Javascript support can be remedied through the use of libraries such as jQuery. This will allow code to work cross-platform (even if it runs a lot more slowly) and means that only one group (the ...


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Is there a plugin for FireFox that will allow me to view a website as if I was looking at it in IE 6? Unfortunately not, however there are a great number of on-line services that you can use for testing, or you could also install a stand-alone version of IE6 for testing on your own PC. On-line renderers: http://netrenderer.com/ http://browsershots.org/ ...


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IE6 is so far behind the other browsers, it's barely worth supporting. The big catch is that you may have to anyway, if you have a large corporate audience, or other situation where that version is still likely to be used. Besides, IE9 is on the way, and has a third preview edition available now. Once that is available, do you really want to still support ...


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Looking at the statistics for our website, which gets up to 3.7 million page hits a month, I see that roughly 10% of users are still on IE6. This isn't a group we can really ignore, at that magnitude!



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