jQuery 1.9 was released on January 15, 2013 and marks an important milestone on the road to world domination. The code has been streamlined in readiness for version 2.0 which drops IE6, 7 and 8 support.

jQuery has been adopted by 55% of all websites and 90% of those loading a JavaScript library. It’s important to JavaScript coders and almost anyone creating a modern website or application.

Over at SitePoint.com, I discuss What’s New in jQuery 1.9. There are a few new methods but it’s the removed features which will cause most concern for those using older plugins. The jQuery team have great solution, but is their decision to abandon legacy IE browsers a little premature? Read on…

Craig is a freelance UK web consultant who built his first page for IE2.0 in 1995. Since that time he's been advocating standards, accessibility, and best-practice HTML5 techniques. He's written more than 1,000 articles for SitePoint and you can find him @craigbuckler

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