As of the date/time of this blog post I am no longer supporting Internet Explorer 6. That's right, I've joined the IE6 No More campaign. If you're reading this blog post because you accessed my blog and were redirected here, then you are using an ancient, ancient Web browser and you need an intervention. A nice one. =)

It's time to upgrade. It's time to see the light. It's time to get into the modern age of browsers. So please, take a moment right now to click one of the logos below and download one of the fine browsers out there. If you don't, a litter of puppies will die, a thousand fairies will have their wings pulled off, and a hundred unicorns will perish of african sickness. You don't want all that on you do you?

Update: Over the last several weeks other organizations and countries have announced their lack of support of Internet Explorer 6. All of this is further reason to get a better browser:

  • The French government joins Germany in recommending its citizens use something other than Internet Explorer. http://bit.ly/7Bap4c
  • Google to end support of IE6 on March 1, 2010. http://bit.ly/an3z93
  • From TechCrunch, a funeral is being held for IE6 on March 4. Browser to be buried without the body.
  • From Ars Technica, YouTube to kill IE6 support on March 13, 2010
  • March 4, 2011 - I learned Microsoft has created a site to EOL (end of life) Internet Explorer 6. http://ie6countdown.com
  • Microsoft announces they'll be automatically upgrading Internet Explorer on Windows XP, Windows Vista, and Windows 7. Check out their announcement here.

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This entry was posted by Aaron West on January 17, 2010 at 6:25 PM. It was filed in the following categories: ColdFusion, Web Standards, Personal, Site News. It has been viewed 17237 times and has 30 comments.

30 Responses to This Blog Does Not Support Internet Explorer 6

  1. Yay good to hear

  2. Rachel Lehman

    I think by now most people who are still using IE6 are not doing so by choice, they are locked into it by a corporate standard or government security restrictions.

    How about just using a stripped-down style sheet for IE6 like Andy Clarke's universal IE6 style sheet? http://forabeautifulweb.com/blog/about/universal_i...

  3. @Rachel - The IE6NoMore site actually has a section addressing corporate users. http://www.ie6nomore.com/corporate-users.html. I agree with the last paragraph on that page, that the ie6nomore campaign is targeted squarely at corporations (more specifically sys admins at these corporations) who choose not to upgrade.

    While a stylesheet specifically for IE6 would certainly work, I'd rather craft a specific message for IE6 users and know that they'll see the message when visiting my blog.

  4. Dan Roberts

    I prefer the approach of degrading the experience (ex: turn off style sheets) and/or an annoying warning instead of essentially blocking IE6 users from accessing a site entirely.

  5. @Dan - Yea, you could degrade the experience by removing stylesheets or placing a notification message on the screen like IE6NoMore does. I just decided to take it a step further. If folks want to read my content they'll have to use something other than IE6. That said, there's only a very small percentage of users coming to my site from IE6, so this change doesn't have a huge affect.

  6. The French government joins Germany in recommending its citizens use something other than Internet Explorer. http://bit.ly/7Bap4c

  7. MS asks users to abandon IE6, XP. http://bit.ly/6Fi3Mx

  8. Rachel Lehman

    @Aaron, fair enough! Believe me, I hate IE6 with a passion and pity anyone who's stuck with it, I would just rather give those poor folks some type of workaround than block their access altogether. But the important thing is that you know from your stats that few users will be affected.

  9. Where's the Opera logo?


  10. @Chris - I didn't think there was reason to include it to be honest. Sure there are folks who use Opera (not sure of the % market share), but I'm not sure any IE6 users reading this blog need to know about it. Firefox, Chrome, Safari, and IE8 should be enough.

  11. Google to end support of IE6 on March 1, 2010. http://bit.ly/an3z93

  12. Just a quick note to let subscribed commenters know I've updated this post with a list of other organizations and countries that have decided to stop supporting IE6. Instead of posting each of these updates as a new comment I will add them into the body of the post itself. Check it out. Today I added information about an IE6 funeral taking place in March.

  13. Devin

    I'm one of those unfortunate that is stuck with IE6 at a large corporation. It can certainly be a sucky situation for some sites that don't render correctly, but for the most part, they're still readable and I can get the information I need.

    With that being said, I can tell you, as I'm sure you already know, sites and blogs such as this have zero impact on the decision makers here, or at other large corporations, as to when (or if) to upgrade. Heck, they'd probably tell me that I should not be reading your blog while on the clock anyway.

    In anycase, although I've encountered many sites suggesting I upgrade, this is the first site I've come to (when searching for information) that has completely blocked me out. I guess that's the benefit of the web, there's more than one place to get the information you're looking for.

  14. Tommy

    I agree with Devin. Your restriction on your website only means that I have to go elsewhere for the information I wanted from you and has zero impact on a corporations decision to move away from IE6. You are only punishing us peons. Thanks, we need more punishment.

  15. @Devin/Tommy - I get what you're saying and I wish you weren't being forced to use IE6 by your company. Your organization does have options they're probably just ignoring them. The more times you get involved and complain about being forced into IE6 (and have experiences like you've had on my blog) the more compelled they will be to upgrade. Maybe it's a long shot, but it's where things must begin. I believe my choice to not support IE6 - like many that did so before me - does indeed have an impact on organizations. If you remain silent and passively continue to use IE6 you may never help move your company forward in the browser world.

    Lastly, can you not install Firefox, Chrome, or one of the other browsers on your own? I know in some organizations they completely lock down the computers where users can't install anything. I personally think that is ridiculous and is an action that only indicates companies don't trust their employees.

  16. Joe

    Its not just corporations ... the government agency that I work at also locks everything down pretty well and I have no option but to browse in IE6. A shame I wont be getting to read your Kindle review today.

  17. Tony

    I'm with Devin and Tommy. On top of being punished with browsing with IE6 at work (which sucks enough), now I can't even read your blog post on Git. I completely agree with not supporting IE6 anymore in the sense of not bending over backwards to make sure your site is compatible with it, but actively restricting users of IE6 is something I wouldn't do. But it's your blog and you can do as you will.
    I have asked "the powers that be" here recently about when we'll get off IE6 and their answer was that they are currently testing IE8 and plan to roll it out in Q3 of this year, so let's see what happens.
    We can't download and install another browser as our computers are locked down. But I think there's more to it than simply the company not trusting employees, Aaron. I don't know how big your company is, but here we have over 3,000 employees. So with that many people, you're bound to have morons who think nothing of downloading and installing all kinds of crap that could end up infecting our systems with malware and viruses. After a few incidents, the company locked down our computers and I can't say I blame them, even though this action ended up screwing over those of use who know better as well.

  18. Tony

    Also, the even the ie6nomore.com site that you referenced in your post just instructs people to add a banner to their sites that is visible to IE6 (and earlier) users, it doesn't tell people to block their content from IE6 users.

  19. Encouraging folks to upgrade is one thing. Blocking content is another. There's absolutely no valid reason other than your own hubris to block content on your site from visitors using IE6. That is 100% counter to the intended purpose of the internet; 180 degrees from what Berners-Lee envisioned for the web.

    Mr West, tear down this wall!

  20. Troy

    I'm on IE7 and getting this page, what's up with that?

  21. I'm not sure Troy. I borrowed someone's computer to test on IE6, 7, and 8 and was only receiving the redirect on IE6. Of course, this was months ago; I haven't tested it again in a while.

  22. Google Reader to end support of Internet Explorer 6 (and other old browsers) on June 1, 2010.

    From the Google Reader blog:

    From TechCrunch

  23. Rick

    You obviously have never worked at a large corporation or government entity, you are clueless about how thier IT departments operate and why workstations are locked down.

    I don't know why you decided to block all content to a portion of your audience, but this is surely not a good way to gain new readers. There is no logical reason for your actions, it's not like IE6 is going to crash your webserver or anything. More than likely, you are just too lazy to write extra code for backwards compatibility.

    I came here looking for info on ColdFusion, but your actions and statements have proven that any info obtained here would be utterly useless as it has come from a blithering idiot.

    Thank you for wasting 10 minutes of my time.

  24. Microsoft has now created a site to specifically EOL (end of life) Internet Explorer 6. http://ie6countdown.com

  25. carl

    Wow Aaron. You are such an Alpha Geek to take time today to rub it in that YOU WERE RIGHT and WE WERE WRONG and how you totally PWNED this topic by discontinuing support 18 months before MS started a countdown counter. You better hurry and drop support for IE7 or folks might not think you're not the shallow, unprofessional self-aggrandizing hater you have proven yourself to be.

  26. @carl - Thanks for your comment, and I'm sorry you feel the way you do. I'm honestly not quite sure how my latest comment about Microsoft's site elicited such a negative response from you. I've never said anything about being an "alpha geek," nor have I said I was right and everyone else was wrong. You obviously have strong feelings about IE6, enough you feel the need to attack me personally. I kindly suggest you simply point your browser somewhere else.

  27. Michele

    Wow! You've gained yourself some haters.
    Big company's and government entities can upgrade any time they want it's the IT/Administrators that are dragging their feet. They are the ones that are waiting until the last available second to make any kind of switch to a new browser. Aaron, you know how big my company is, we made the switch a long long time ago and with no problems. It costs time and money to drag your feet in switching over. Aaron is right, the squeaky wheel gets oiled. So, quit your whining at Aaron about him cutting off your access, and tell your IT department that you can't do your work because your browser dates back to the friggin' dawn of time.

  28. Bob

    You forgot to add the Opera browser to your list.

  29. I need to look into the usage stats for Opera. Unless things have changed and they've garned a couple of percentage points over the last 2 years, suggesting Opera as a replacement for IE probably doesn't make much sense.

  30. According to The Verge, the "most hated browser in the world is finally dead."