Posted: Tue, 02 Feb 2010 13:42
Since Google's recent announcement regarding the phasing out of support for Internet Explorer 6 within its Google Apps products pressure has mounted on various other organisations to drop the out-dated browser, including the UK Government.
Microsoft's Internet Explorer 6 (IE6) was first launched in 2001 and quite simply the technology has moved on. Because a number of users are still accessing web-pages using this out-dated browser, developers such as Cuttlefish are restricted in the use of newer techniques and methods that deliver a richer web experience.
Whilst we welcome this new pressure on consumers to upgrade to a newer version of Internet Explorer, or even an alternative browser, we will continue to test our projects on a wide selection of browsers, including IE6.
Where possible we allow IE6 to "fail gracefully" and still be usable by those 10-15% of users still using the the ageing browser, until ultimately these usage statistics drop even further.