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For all intents and purposes, IE6 and IE7 are dead. They account for less than 1.5% of worldwide browsers [1]. At this point, seems okay to leave out.

[1] http://gs.statcounter.com/#browser_version_partially_combine...

That depends on your user base. If it's just the wider internet that's accurate, but if you're aiming at government or big corporate clients, you'd better check your analytics first.


At least in the federal government in the DC area, IE6 and 7 are all but dead, basically. While there are still plenty of legacy servers running older versions, desktops are far less behind than they were even 2 years ago.

I'm admittedly only speaking for a dozen agencies or so, but things are definitely better off lately than they used to be.


We're talking about something that prevents form data loss. If it doesn't error on IE6/7 and simply doesn't work, then that's fairly graceful degradation that provides a benefit to users on more modern browsers.

But I suppose if your userbase is predominantly IE6/7, then it may not be worth the effort for you.


One of the sites I built recently has a ton of backbone.js dynamic loading.

I tried to test it in IE 6, and the browser just immediately crashes. Not like an alert box, just an instant shut down!

In the past I would have started the unpleasant task of figuring that out and fixing it up, or perhaps detecting and redirecting to a more lightweight page.

This time I said screw it - I'm done with IE 6! Call me irresponsible or lazy or whatever you want but I'm just done with IE 6 and it feels great!

By the way YouTube shows a giant warning on their page if you view it with IE 6, saying that it won't be supported in 6 months.


I think you're within your right to ditch IE6. I don't even support IE7, users just get a chromeframe prompt.


Sure you can quote stats all day, but it depends on your target audience. If you are running a tech website (such as HN/TC/Reddit/etc) you will see a HUGE portion of visitors using browsers like Chrome/Firefox and hardly any IE.

However if you are building websites that regular people use they still use XP and IE7... so much so that it can account for 10-30% of your website traffic.. It really pains me when HTML frameworks like Foundation 3.x drop support for IE7[1] and below because there is still the userbase there.

IE7/8 is not dead for most of the world yet. People who run statcounter websites are getting data from people who run their tools. I would trust if someone like Google Analytics released an average browser usage as they are more widely used. Who the F uses statcounter nowadays?

[1] Though you can do tricks/hacks to make it work for IE7.


Adding many lines of code to a library to support two browsers that have 1.5% of worldwide share and should die because we would all be better off if they did is not the right solution.

Those who still have a need to support those browsers should code up and release an additional library that adds support to garlic.js so it can be used only by those that need it.

In fact, it'd be great if every library added cross browser support for old browsers as add-ons to libraries instead of making them a core part of the library.


Oh of course IE8 isn't going anywhere, but there is no reason at all for people to be on 7. Can you explain why someone on XP would move off 6 but not go all the way?


Grandkid/nephew/neighbour's kid was around to do one upgrade but not the other?


It depends on your market. In China, IE6 is still at 20-25% and it's even more if you count all of the smaller browsers that simply wrapped IE6 Trident into their own browser interface.


say that to some my sites that still see >50% IE6/7 share. It all depends on your demographic.


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