I just can't see a way to support IE8 and below.
Having said that, I don't want to sniff the user agent because it's bad practice and feature detection is a better alternative.

Would it be acceptable to wrap the entire content of my page in a conditional comment for IE9 and above therefore blocking IE legitimetelly? Or should I reconsider my plan?

  • IE8 is the most popular version of IE for my website (with 11 being a close second), I wouldn't drop support for it lightly at this point. Jan 23, 2014 at 23:52
  • You'll probably want to mention\determine which features IE8 is missing that your site uses. Many missing features of older browsers have workarounds.
    – krowe
    Jan 24, 2014 at 1:11

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This is entirely relative aka, it all depends. I've never had a case where I decided to give up on an IE version. Are you building with web standards? and testing? what's the major issue(s)?

A few thoughts:

No it is never acceptable to shut down browsers and shut out users. Never do that. Ok so you have to do it. Your plan to ice out < IE9 via cc is correct. Do that. Don't just serve up display:none. Give the user an explanation/context/link to newer versions, other browsers, etc.

Segue rant:

You are worried about best practices, so I have to point out that employing the best technical practices along with UX/UI practices is the way to go. Serving up nothing to a particular user is the worst thing you can do.

  • IE8 gets a banner, IE7 and IE6 get blocked. thanks for your help Jan 24, 2014 at 16:23
  • ah. serve the banner up for the other two. if you need help, share the url.
    – albert
    Jan 24, 2014 at 17:06
  • tbf, when my site launches XP will be dead @albert Jan 24, 2014 at 17:26
  • ah your missing the point(s). all hood.
    – albert
    Jan 24, 2014 at 17:49

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