This article is a one stop guide for finding all solutions dealing with IE6.
Table of Contents
- Articles on IE6 Bugs, Problems and Solutions
- Compatibility References
- Update Notification
- Serving an Alternate Version for IE6
- Testing Environments
- Degradation (i.e. faking bugs)
- Misc IE6 Info
Articles on IE6 Bugs, Problems and Solutions
- A New Way to Trigger hasLayout on Elements in Older Versions of IE? (March 10th, 2011)
- How to Fix Randomly Disappearing Absolutely-Positioned Elements in IE – A new bug is discovered (January 21, 2010)
- Ultimate IE6 Cheatsheet: How To Fix 25+ Internet Explorer 6 Bugs
- Coding for IE6 = Progressive Enhancement
- Fixed: IE 6 min/max-width hack
- The Definitive Guide to Taming the IE6 Beast
- IE6 Peekaboo Bug
- CSS For IE6: 6 Common Problems And Fast Ways To Fix Them
- Explorer Exposed!
- The Death of IE6
- 10 Fixes for IE6 Problems
- IE6 Bug Reports
- MSIE6 Bugs
- Internet Explorer & CSS issues
- IE CSS Bugs That’ll Get You Every Time
- Beware of Margins or Padding when Using the min-width Hack for IE
- IE6 CSS Tricks and Hacks
- IE6 – CSS Bugs and Fixes Explained
- Explorer Exposed!
- Fix It Fast: Rapid IE6 CSS Debugging
- Internet Explorer vs. the Standards, a primer on standards violations in Explorer
- CSS Quick Tip: How to prevent a “float drop” in IE6
- Internet Explorer and column collapse
- 10 Useful CSS Properties Not Supported By Internet Explorer
- The Secret to Transparency with PNG8’s and IE6
- Target IE6 and IE7 with only 1 extra character in your CSS
- IE6 / IE7 jQuery Fix: Anchor Image Clickable Area
- Developing CSS for IE6 and 7
- Best IE6 “PNG Alpha-Transparency” Fixes
- IE6 Fixes For PNG Alpha Transparency
- Alpha Transparency in PNG-8 Images Without Using Fireworks
- IE6 Hacks And Fixes
- Fix It Fast: Rapid IE6 CSS Debugging
- CSS3 Solutions for Internet Explorer
- 10 Dirty Internet Explorer CSS Hacks You Might Not know
- Don’t Use Conditional Comments to Create Classes for IE7+
- 10 Fixes that solve IE Issues
- Quick Tip: How to Target IE6, IE7, and IE8 Uniquely with 4 Characters
- 9 Most Common IE Bugs and How to Fix Them
- 10 Awful IE Bugs and Fixes
- Using an XML declaration triggers Quirks mode in IE 6
- How to make ie6 behave/core fixes
- How To Support Internet Explorer and Still Be Cutting Edge
- When can I use… - HTML 5 & CSS3 compatibility table with filtering tool by caniuse.com
- HTML5 & CSS3 Support charts by findmebyIP.com
- Compatibility Master Table by QuirksMode.org
- CSS Differences in Internet Explorer 6, 7 and 8 by SmashingMagazine.com
- CSS Compatibility and Internet Explorer by Microsoft MSDN
- Visual Cheat Sheet: CSS Compatibility with Internet Explorer 6, 7 and 8 by TutorialFeed.org
Digg.com asked their IE6 users why they’re still using IE6. Digg concluded that a notification to update is pointless and sadistic. Check out the poll results from their survey: http://about.digg.com/blog/much-ado-about-ie6
- ie6countdown banner - Microsoft’s own banner with a message to upgrade.
- IE6 Update Meant to fake-out the user, IE6 Update looks like IE’s Information Bar, it states “Internet Explorer is missing updates required to view this site. Click here to update…”
- Pushup Pops up a notification box in the top right corner stating “Important browser update available. Remind me again in 6 hours.”
- “Does Not Support IE6″ Message
- The IE6 upgrade warning
- Give IE6 users the message to upgrade or change
- IE6 Warning Message
- Pushing up the web
- Sevenup: Encourage the world to get rid of IE6!
- Explorer Destroyer – Google gives you $1 for each person you switch from IE to Firefox.
- IE Alert Script – Similar to IE6 Update, it tries to fake-out users.
- IE6 No More – Displays a notification to update.
- Anti Internet Explorer 6 Plugin – For WordPress. Displays a message.
- Shockingly Big IE6 Warning – For WordPress. Displays a message.
- Badges, buttons and banners
Serving an Alternate Version for IE6
- universal-ie6-css – This strips down the design and leaves the visitor using an IE6 browser with a plain minimal page. Similar to the Readability project.
- Serve IE6 Visitors the Default WordPress Theme
Please note that the following excludes CSS frameworks for grids and layouts. There are too many and that list is better suited for another post.
- CSS3 Support
- PIE makes Internet Explorer 6-8 capable of rendering some CSS3 features. Specifically, it’s a behavior file that you can attach to an element via css that will enable that element to support border-radius, box-shadow, border-image, multiple background images, and linear-gradient as background image.
- IE-CSS3 – A script that provides support for some CSS3 for Internet Explorer 6, 7, and 8.
- CSS3 in Internet Explorer – Denoted by the author as an improved version of the IE-CSS3 script (the previous item).
- Css Extenders – Enables CSS that replaces vendor specific CSS3 style rules so that only one rule needs to be written for all platforms.
- Limited CSS3 Support
- HTML5 Support
- Modernizr – Detects HTML5 and CSS3 features and if they’re unsupported, allows you provide fall-back CSS style rules.
- Socket.io provides support for WebSockets in IE6 enabling realtime apps with push features.
- Respond.js enables link tag media queries (e.g. ) in IE6 and other browsers that don’t support it.
- css3-mediaqueries-js – Write your media queries like you would normally.
- HTML 5 innerShiv – HTML 5 elements cannot be appended to the document when created using innerHTML, which causes problems when trying to add HTML5 elements using libraries such as jQuery. This script is a workaround.
- html5shim - Enables IE to recognize HTML5 elements so that they will render and can be targeted by CSS selectors.
- ExplorerCanvas – Enables canvas support in IE.
- Rounded Corners
- PNG fix
- Code Generator Tools
- IE7 (the script) Named such to connotate a fix to IE6, including the PNG issue and others as well, thus making it behave like IE7.
A comment from Steve to Microsoft on their prohibiting the use of Spoon:
“[Spoon] was **THE** most useful resource for testing multiple versions of IE and the shutdown really ticked developers off! As a long time web developer of Enterprise Web Applications I’ve tried all the options out there to try and simplify testing IE and the lack of realistic options is a royal PITA.
1.) Multiple IEs – IE8 breaks the functionality of IE6’s textboxes – thus its a NO-GO
2.) IETester – works great until you need to test popup interaction and then it fails – thus a NO-GO
3.) Virtual PC with timebombed images of IE6, IE7, IE8 – works ok, but the 12Gigs of HD space needed is frustrating when each full image of Windows dies 4 times a year, running a full Windows image is slow and you have to beg for updates because the releases are not co-ordinated and announced well at all – thus its a NO-GO
5.) Multiple PC’s to run multiple versions of windows and IE. With all the hardware, software, and physical space needed – its a NO-GO
6.) Spoon.net IEs – They work, they work just like local native apps once running, and there’s no hacking of my real local IE install. – the **ONLY** problem with these IE’s is that Microsoft shut them down
Please understand that we (developers) just want something that works. Testing in multiple versions of IE is a pain to begin with and with IE9 on the horizon it is only getting worse. I’m not sure where the issue stands with Spoon, but I would really like a solution worked out fast.”
- Multiple IEs – An installer that enables you to install multiple versions of IE on your PC.
- IETester – Desktop app of with built-in different emulations of IE.
- Skybound’s Stylizer CSS editor – supports preview of 9 different integrated web browsers including IE6.
- Windows XP Mode – An optional downloaded feature of Windows 7 Professional, Enterprise, and Ultimate editions that provides you a pre-installed image of Windows XP SP3 that you run using Windows Virtual PC, thereby allowing you to run Internet Explorer versions 6, 7, 8, and 9 simultaneously on a single machine.
- Windows Virtual PC virtual machine hard drive images (VHDs) of Internet Explorer – Said to be, “bloated, kludgy pigs with a massive footprint.”
- Spoon http://www.iecss.com/spoon/ (links removed but you can search for torrents http://www.kickasstorrents.com/search/spoon.net/) A favorite among developers.
- Utilu IE Collection
- http://browserling.com/ uses IETester
- VirtualBox or any virtualization software with a TinyXP
Degradation (i.e. faking bugs)
- ie6-amelie – Makes the text uncomfortable to read for the IE6 user by applying the MotionBlur filter at random intervals. “Thus, we turn IE6 into a health and safety issue.”
- jQuery Crash - A jQuery plugin for crashing IE6.
- Crash Internet Explorer – A single line of code crashes most versions of IE.
- How to: Kill IE6 on your WordPress blog
- IE6ify! – A bookmarklet that reproduces IE6 rendering.
Misc IE6 Info
- Google Chrome Frame for IE – An IE plug-in that embeds Chrome inside IE, developers then use a doctype to load the page in the Chrome frame instead of IE in browsers that have the plug-in installed.
- YUI Library announced in November 2010 that it will discontinue grade A browser support for IE6 – support will drop to a C. Read more here.
- iecss.com – Provides the default browser style sheets for IE6-9.
- Wikipedia on Internet Explorer 6 – A good overview of IE6.
- How to Charge for IE6 Work - 5 minute podcast from the show “From the Couch”.
IE6 Global Marketshare Stats as of February 2011
|Stats Source||IE6 Marketshare|
|statcounter.com IE6 Global Stats as of Feb 2011||Worldwide: 4.6% (was 4.93%*),
Africa: 11.43% (was 12.44%*),
Asia: 11.25% (was 10.53%*),
Europe: 1.97% (was 2.15%*),
North America: 2.16% (was 2.37%*),
Oceania: 2.23% (was 2.26%*),
South America: 3.31% (was 3.6%*)
|Net Applications.com Browser Version Market Share as of Feb 2011||11.33% (was 11.43%*)|
|w3schools.com Internet Explorer Version Statistics as of Feb 2011||3.5% (was 3.8%*)|
|w3counter.com Web Browser Market Share as of Feb 2011||3.59% (was 3.91%*)|
|statowl.com Web Browser Usage Statistics as of Feb 2011||6.58% (was 7.04%*)|
|getclicky.com Internet explorer (Global marketshare) as of Mar 17, 2011||3.5%|
*As of January 2011
Articles On Usage Statistics of IE6
- Browser Market Shares and Trends, March 2011: IE6 Usage Drops Below 5% (Sitepoint, March 5, 2011 )
- IE 6 is the Most Popular Browser in India! (ITspice.net, December 5, 2010)
- The Importance of Internet Explorer 6 (IE6) Browser Testing (William.com, September 19, 2010).
- Inside the Excruciatingly Slow Death of Internet Explorer (Gizmodo, Mar 1, 2010)
- Will the Real Browser Stats Please Stand Up? (Web Designer Depot, August 2, 2010)
- Just When You Thought IE6 Would Die… (Sitepoint, August 3, 2009)
Articles Deprecating the use of IE6
- Farewell IE6 (Six Revisions, March 11, 2011)
- Even Microsoft Wishes Internet Explorer 6 Would Just Die Already (ReadWriteWeb, March 4, 2011)
- It’s time to stop using IE6 (ZDNet, January 16, 2010)
- Retire IE6 – No More Excuses! (My Tech World, December 20th, 2009)
- Microsoft actively urges IE 6 users to upgrade (CNET, November 30, 2009)
- Google Apps Drop IE6 Support (Sitepoint, February 2, 2010)
- 5 More Reasons Why IE6 Must Die (Mashable, January 18, 2010)
- IE6 The wicked 6 is dead – Goodbye, and good riddance! (Cartweaver, February 6, 2010)
- Drop IE6 Support — Give People a Reason to Upgrade (Usability Post, Sept. 5, 2008)
- IE6 Must Die for the Web to Move On (Mashable, July 16, 2009 )
- Dear IE6 (8164.org, August 4, 2008)
- No more pixel perfectionism in IE 6 (456bereastreet.com, February 11, 2009)
Misc. Articles on IE6
- IE6 Isn’t the Only Obsolete Browser In Use (PC Magazine, March 7, 2011)
- Microsoft to Support IE6 Until 2014 (Sitepoint, August 18, 2009)
- Why Corporations Don’t Upgrade IE6 and How Chrome Frame Could Help (Sitepoint.com, September 26, 2009)
- 5 Steps to Have Fun and Profit From IE6 (Sitepoint, August 26, 2010)
- Why People Still Use IE 6 (Css-Tricks, July 16, 2008)
- 10 Cool Things We’ll Be Able To Do Once IE6 Is Dead
- We all dislike IE6 but lets not be childish
Sites Deprecating IE6
- http://ie6countdown.com/ – Microsoft’s own site educating users to upgrade.
- http://www.BringDownIE6.com/ – The article on this website titled Calling time on IE6 gives a very good background on the problem with IE6.
- http://idroppedie6.com/ A list of websites that dropped IE6 support and some links to articles encouraging users to stop supporting it.
- http://www.ie6death.com/ – Countdown until Microsoft will stop supporting Windows XP and hence IE6.
- http://dearie6.com/ – A list of the tweets sent by people who sent a tweet to @DearIE6 (and follow) saying goodbye to IE6.
- Why IE Sucks – An IE hating blog.
- IESucks.info – Another IE hating blog.
- The IE Awareness Initiative – The point is to make users of IE aware that their browser is “ancient, cumbersome and a pain to work with.”
- BrowserUpgrade.info – Encourages users to upgrade.
- Which browser for me? – The central message is, “Internet Explorer 6 is bad, let’s move on.”
- Free The Web – A site encouraging users to boycott IE6.
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