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Goodbye IE 6, 6 Reasons It Must Die

I’ve been a web designer + developer for the last 2 years. One of the common nuisance to deal with, is Internet Explorer 6.


In a nutshell, IE 6 is the classic case of “telan mati mak, luah mati bapak” [1. Walking on thin line]”. Here’s 6 reasons why to ditch the old school browser.

Lack of Transperency PNG support


I love PNG. Though sometimes it’s larger than JPG or GIF images, it usually is crispier and “kacak [2. Handsome]. On IE6, it’ll turn into a fugly greyish area. Of course there are hacks, but it’s an additional path that I no longer want to follow.

CSS Float + Margin / Padding Issues

Internet Explorer 6 adds double the amount of margin or padding on DIVs that are floated the same direction as the margin/padding. For non techies, think of margin as your cloth, padding as your skin, underneath both is your content. There are hacks for this, again, it’s troublesome.

No Min-Height CSS Support

Usually to display a proper background, I resort to min-height CSS. It creates a height big enough to fit a background image. IE 6 doesn’t support this.

Often Crash

With very little code, the browser could crumble leaving us to despair.

IE 6 Trailing Behind


With newer and better Internet Explorer (no way it’s better than alternative browsers), IE 6 falls handsomely behind. I’m glad my prayers were heard. (source)

Microsoft Team Pushing IE 8

The Internet Explore marketing team are aggressively pushing IE 8 into the browser war. They know themselves, IE 6 is no longer fit for modern web. Goodbye IE 6.

#8 on Top 25 Worst Tech (additional point)

From PCW, IE6 (2001) is number 8. Good enough to kick it out the door.


Personally, IE 6 is similar to IE 5 or 5.5. Microsoft smeared on some lipsticks and slapped its’ ass out the door. Besides, there’s no reason for you to deny the fastest growing technology on Earth, the Internet. So, please, do yourselves a favor, upgrade your browser. Better yet, use Firefox, Opera or Safari.

Today is probably the happiest day of 2009! ๐Ÿ˜‰

ps: Template company on it’s way. Let’s hope I can complete by end of July. Name: Lite: Clean & Crispy Templates

By NoktahHitam

I am web developer, who's main concern is to save the trees. Nonetheless

21 replies on “Goodbye IE 6, 6 Reasons It Must Die”

I’m not using IE anyways but I’ve heard a lot about how bad the experience is with using the lower versions of IE. FF or Opera would be a better option. ๐Ÿ˜€

Well said, NH. IE6 is something that really need to die – to give a rough idea how old IE6 is – it was released before the first generation of iPod. And now we have iPod touch and iPhone, so I wish people are also upgrading their browsers to at least, IE7 or 8. Better: Firefox, Safari, Opera or Chrome.

The funny thing is, less than 15% of the people a study asked on the streets of New York knows what a browser is. They confuse browser with search engines. That, made me speechless. One of the smarter alec in the people proudly declared he knew what browser is, and when asked, happily said that he’s using IE6 ๐Ÿ™„

There are too many bugs to IE6, let alone to entire code that the infamous, notorious Microsoft browser is built on. I heard rumours that IE8 will be the final version of Internet Explorer, and Microsoft will develop a new browser from ground up… I have my reservations though – like seeing how Microsoft Office 2010 (to be released alongside with Windows 7) totally ditches web standards and refuses to render HTML emails (for Outlook 2010). Even Microsoft Office 2007 is doing a better job at that.

I read that Microsoft will adopt WebKit just like Safari and Opera. If they are, GREAT! Leaves FF alone then.

IE 6 – 2001. Fastest PC at that time was Pentium III ๐Ÿ˜›

And it was released shortly after the 9/11 attacks. Wow, that’s ancient history, man. Good that Microsoft will be adopting WebKit. Or better still, implement it (it will probably edit it until IE9 f@#ks up beyond any redemption again).

Oh yes. Do suggest me on how we can achieve a common goal. We both know our designs are very much different.

I’ll probably write a sandbox theme for you. From there, do what ever is necessary ๐Ÿ˜‰

No, I pray hard there will be no more extensions to the terribly browser franchise. I would rather see Microsoft start afresh with a new browser, based on either the gecko or the webkit engine.

yea, HTML5 rocks! It places less importance on semantics (it don’t care of you use <br> or <br />), and focuses more on usability. I kind of miss XHTML though :/

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