Elliot Jay Stocks is a designer, speaker, and author. He is the Creative Director of Adobe Typekit, the founder of typography magazine 8 Faces, one half of Viewport Industries, and an electronic musician.

Death to IE6

Posted on 27 August 2008 Comments

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Today – 27th August – is the day that Internet Explorer 6 was unleashed unto the world seven years ago. Seven years ago!

M. Dave Auayan thinks it’s high time we stopped supporting this horrid little piece of software and has launched the IE Death March, a site dedicated to discontinuing IE6 support by March 2009. He’s listing sites that have stopped / will stop IE6 support; little pieces of the web you may have heard of such as Facebook, Mobile Me, and 37signals, to name but three.

“It came out a few weeks before the Twin Towers fell. It came out before the Nintendo GameCube. It came out before the first iPod.”

For more information, there’s an article on Wisdump, which offers some further perspective.

Personally, I’ve offered limited IE6 support on this site since I released it last year, but in general I’ve always catered for IE6 when it comes to client projects. Not any more. As of now, I’m no longer including it in the standard project scope. If a client wants IE6 support, it’ll be an optional, charged-for extra. The new version of elliotjaystocks.com (in the works) will most definitely not be supporting it, except for the inclusion of a “you need to upgrade your browser” message.

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