Now having spent over 11 years building web applications both small and large, I've spent a good percentage of that fighting the good fight to get Internet Explorer, Version 6 to work and render my code properly. This is a fight I, alongside a number of my developer colleagues, have fought against the mighty Microsoft empire. To this day, we still carry the emotional burden of the horrible hacks, exploits and browser detection methods we were forced to employ during our service to the web.
Today I'm here to tell you: "No more!" In an era where other browsers follow web standards and Microsoft's grip on browser usage has weakened, web applications push forward into a new era, saying no to IE6 and yes to the future of the web.
Collectivus will be among them.
We are not alone. Campaigns all over are taking up arms against IE6. Major sites like Digg, Facebook and YouTube are beginning to show IE6 the door. Some are more aggressive in their approach than others.
What does this mean for you as a user? A faster performing site with more features that's more stable. It means we'll spend more time building things for you to enjoy instead of trying to duct tape and chicken wire code together to get old browsers to work.
To those still suffering from the tyranny of IE6: Keep up the good fight. Write your local system administrator and let them know that an eight-year-old, crappy browser is unacceptable as a default web browser. It's unsafe; it's full of security issues. It's a Microsoft product! At least IE8 is trying… a little.
While you wait for Collectivus to arrive, now might be a good time to upgrade and/or switch to one of these supported browsers for the best experience: