By way of the Kreativuse blog, I heard about “Bring Down IE 6,” a campaign to encourage web designers and developers to put IE6 out to pasture (or straight on to the glue factory as the metaphor lends). The inconsistency among browsers and platforms for HTML and CSS is ludicrous. Adding hacks to support a variety of browsers is pretty much the norm for developers, because their is inconsistencies about which features are supported within each of the browsers. Having a site look the same in Firefox and IE (not to mention on a Mac and a PC) is pretty much unheard of. Well, “Bring Down IE 6” is one effort to stop a small portion of the madness. From the site, designer Craig Grannell says,
Even in 2001, Internet Explorer didn’t set the world on fire. Incomplete standards support rapidly made it look shoddy in the face of strong competition. In today’s market, surrounded by Chrome, Safari, Firefox, Opera and its own successor, Internet Explorer 7, version 6 of Microsoft’s browser looks positively ancient.
Go on and read the rest of the informative and well argued article. You gotta luv this kind of passion and plea to the masses. What do you think? Can we let IE6 go? I’m particularly interested to hear what the corporate, government and healthcare designers have to say. Can we sing the torch song and set it adrift like a forgotten Viking warrior?