As they should be. The only reason developers have to consider this dinosaur is because of the corporations who are unwilling to make the upgrade. Well, a guerilla campaign has been launched on the web called Hey IT!
The campaign addresses the fact that IE6 is 8 years old and that IT departments should be upgrading to “recent/decent” browsers, which they provide links to. They offer a poster to download and hang around the office, even a template of the poster so you can customize it. Also, a Facebook page has been created for Hey IT!
Hey IT! points the proverbial finger in the right direction, at the IT departments. Sure IT takes orders from executives, but don’t the executives rely on the IT departments for guidance and direction in decision making ? Ultimately it is the IT departments who can end this huge problem. How huge is this problem really? As Jeremy pointed out in an earlier blog; 20% of development time is spent on IE6 issues and IE6 still owns 15% of the browser market share!
All of this was spurred on by Digg announcing (and doing a great job explaining why) they will soon stop supporting IE6 . Followed by You Tube taking it to the next level with a message to all viewing their site in IE6: “We will be phasing out support for your browser soon. Please upgrade one of these more modern browsers (Chrome, IE6, Firefox 3.5)”.
Chances are good that Bottlecap Blog readers are not using IE6, but spread the word about this campaign. If you are a partner or client of Bottlecap know that eliminating IE6 will make us more efficient and free up time to focus on becoming even better developers, if that’s possible.