Browser statistics and Commentary for Benin (or, IE6 isn’t going anywhere fast, so we might as well stop complaining and get back to work)

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  1. Miquel says:

    Good points all around. The fact that sites should be optimized for Yahoo! search is one that I think is lost on a lot of folks due to the perception of Google’s dominance… outside of Africa. Hadn’t even really thought directly about it as I’ve been using their Site Tools or whatever they call it, along with Google’s for some time now just to cover all the bases.

    I also agree that you can’t just drop support for IE6 overnight, but at the same time, if people aren’t given some encouragement to leave it, they never will. This is why I use a great, good, okay-ish approach to IE 8, 7, and 6 respectively. Basically, I make sure that it’s perfect on 8 (which is decently easy), good on 7 with hopefully few problems, and then just make sure that it works somewhat okay on IE6. If something doesn’t display 100% correctly, but people can still access the site, then that’s fine in my book. I noticed that Twitter has taken the same approach lately.

    I suppose it comes down to the issue of alpha transparency in pngs in that IE6 not supporting that has angered me to no end and made me want to give up on that broken browser to a large extent. Oh yeah, the broken box model is annoying too.

  2. zwan says:

    I agree with Miquel, and I lately discovered a Javascript that shows on top of page when using IE6 or IE7 asking to upgrade to one of the 5 most compatible browsers (IE8, FF, Chrome, etc). And I do include it in all the website I build from then. Unless the client doesn’t put up with it…

  3. theresa says:

    Miquel, you’re absolutely right about the broken box model being a hassle. There are, however, some well-known CSS hacks that solve the problem. Not idea, but it’ll do until IE6 gets down to 10 or 15% market share. PNG transparency can also be solved w/ JavaScript, although that too has its problems on loband connections.

    Zwan, I can’t imagine any clients EVER allowing a banner like that on their webpages. Do you track statistics on how many people click your download links?

    Either way, IE6 is a hassle, but it’s a hassle that seems to have incredible staying power.

    • ishak says:

      as a fellow beninese websurfer/master, i say to hell with IE all together! firefox and chrome are much better and its a shame people don’t know that yet. then again, i may be a special case since my OS is linux mint 8 LXDE…
      great blog btw! one of your students talked to me about it and i love it!

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