Internet Explorer 6 (IE6) has been a complete nightmare for designers and developers because of it’s inability to render html and css correctly. This has resulted in a most designs having to use a separate stylesheet specifically for IE6.
IE6 has several documented CSS Compatibility differences from other browsers. The areas We see that most commonly affect designs are listed below.
- Doesn’t support PNG transparency, HTML5, CSS2 or CSS3
- Box model – IE6 calculates a size of a box differently than other browsers. This is the largest portion of the issue for sites as layouts in IE6 will look different than other browsers. There are of course workarounds, but these come at a price of additional effort and incompatibility with other browsers.
- Display – Multi-column layouts using float where widths in IE6 are more narrow than other browsers. This causes columns to appear at the bottom of pages instead of on the right side.
- :hover, :active is not available on certain elements in IE6
- :before, :after are not supported in IE6
- min-width, max-width: height
IE7 was officially released in 2006 and was made available via Microsoft’s automatic update system a little while later. This meant that approximately 95% of Windows users received the upgrade automatically. Microsoft now claim that as little as 1% of Windows users still use IE6 & they officially stopped supporting IE6 at the start of 2007, which meant that not only was it not available for download but also Microsoft would no longer provide security updates for IE6 but would also no longer support any issues found within it.
Internet Explorer 8 (IE8) has been released on March 20, 2009. More information about IE8 and it’s features can be found at http://www.microsoft.com/windows/internet-explorer/default.aspx with their blog post found at http://blogs.msdn.com/ie/archive/2009/03/19/internet-explorer-8-final-available-now.aspx.
We decided that it’s enough to waste time to alternate JoomVision’s products in order for them to display correctly in IE6. Starting in January 2010 we don’t support IE6 compatibility anymore.
This may change as browser market share change, but for now the following browsers and versions will be supported for 2009
- Internet Explorer 7
- Internet Explorer 8
- Opera 9
If you need any other further assistance, please do not hesitate to contact us. It is our pleasure to assist you