Which versions of IE should I still support?

Discussion in 'Web Design and Development' started by mikes63737, Mar 11, 2008.

  1. mikes63737 macrumors 65816

    Jul 26, 2005
    I design a web site for a small dance group based in CT. I've had problems getting transparent PNGs to work in IE 6 and earlier. I fixed some of them, but I can't fix PNGs from CSS files. So I would have to re-write the entire site to make it work. That's really not an option.

    So... is it safe to tell users that are running something earlier than IE6 that they need to upgrade their browser? I looked at this chart on Wikipedia and it says that IE6 is supported on all versions of Windows since Windows 98, even though tech support has been dropped for it. That means that any version of Windows released in the last 10 years can run IE6.

    I haven't realized until now how much I hate Internet Explorer!

    Edit: Just to clarify, the users that are using something before IE6 would see a screen that tells them to upgrade their browser, but also gives them the choice of a) using the old, outdated site, or b) using the new, broken site, and emphasizing that their browser just doesn't work with the new site.
  2. HaGG macrumors member

    Jun 2, 2007
    Design for IE6 and up. If there still using IE5, which is very bad, would probably be best to give them a message like you said.
  3. angelwatt Moderator emeritus


    Aug 16, 2005
    IE6 is as far back as you should need to support. A good number of companies won't let their employees use IE7 so are stuck with IE6 so being able to support IE6 is still necessary for now. People using anything older than that are likely use to sites not looking quite right anyways.
  4. thejadedmonkey macrumors 604


    May 28, 2005
    IE 6... ugh. how I hate thee.

    I'm hoping that once IE 8 rolls out, I'll be able to give IE 6 less dominance.

    Does anyone know usage stats for IE these days..?

    EDIT: found some.. still to big to ignore :(
    Maybe once it hits 15% or less... or by the end of the year, I hope!

    February 30.7%
    January 32.0%
  5. EvanLugh macrumors 68000


    Aug 29, 2007
    Developer land
    IE6+ certainly, as someone suggested most workplaces, schools, colleges etc still use IE6 (sometimes with IE7 alongside) but as a developer you should know it's best to accommodate for both :p
  6. jSunbeam macrumors regular

    Nov 9, 2007
  7. mikes63737 thread starter macrumors 65816

    Jul 26, 2005
    OK. I set it up to work like this. Do you think this is OK?

    The normal site works fine in everything but IE6 and older.

    Anything but IE - normal site.
    IE7 and newer - normal site.
    IE6 - site without PNGs (using a different CSS)
    IE5 and older - tells users to upgrade their browsers, visit the old site, or use the broken new site.
  8. Melrose Suspended


    Dec 12, 2007
    The problem with this is that relatively few real-world IE6 users know about it, and then credit the problem as being the designer's fault. Passive web users love to neglect the fact that half the time they're simply using lousy browsers.

    Check this out.
  9. mikes63737 thread starter macrumors 65816

    Jul 26, 2005
    Or at least 99% of the time.

    Here's the non-IE and IE versions of the site. Do you think that the IE version looks OK?

    Non-IE: http://zolotyjpromin.mikenetic.com/new/index1.php

    IE: http://zolotyjpromin.mikenetic.com/new/index1.php?forceie=true

    And I just checked our stats, which I forgot that we have, and with our old site 38% of our users were using IE6 and less than 2% combined were using IE 5 or IE4. The remaining 60% are using something that doesn't suck (including IE7).
  10. jSunbeam macrumors regular

    Nov 9, 2007
    I think that the IE version actually looks/feels better, due to the fact that the header/navigation bar isn't fixed in that one.

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