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    SitePoint Enthusiast weich1213's Avatar
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    Question is it safe to stop designing for IE6 now?

    I read that IE6 is only about 11 percent of the market share of browsers people use, so I was wondering if anyone knows if it's safe to stop designing with IE6 in mind or should a web designer keep designing for IE6 along with the other browsers?

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    I'd say it would depend on who you were trying to target and if the effort needed to make the site compatible outweighs the people you'll turn away. However I still requests for IE6 compatibility.

    I have seen a steady drop and hope it continues.

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    The drop in IE6 mirrors the drop in 800x600 displays -- far steeper in the technical/high-end user markets than in the non-technical, lower-end user groups. Many schools, libraries, community colleges, non-profits, etc, not to mention literally millions of citizens without the financial resources (or technical knowledge) to afford bigger displays or more modern computers are using IE6, often on a small display.

    Look at it this way. Even if the 11% figure is universally accurate, which I highly doubt, I send 30 of my students home to look at an online training video on their computers. 3 of them come back complaining that the video won't display in their browser, and they couldn't complete the assignment.

    Eventually IE6 will go the way of Netscape 4, but not today or tomorrow.

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    SitePoint Enthusiast weich1213's Avatar
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    Thanks for the advice

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    The percentage is low enough to stop worrying about making it look absolutely identical to more modern browsers but the pages still need to be fully functional.
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    Doesnt Aol use ie6? Not sure if this is true

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    This question has already been answered in a different thread and the answer is no. AOL use the trident engine which relies upon whatever version of IE is installed on that PC.


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