Over the years we’ve put in a lot of effort to help get a better result for website visitors who are using Internet Explorer V6 (IE6).
For clients who are looking at an audience primarily in western countries such as the USA, Canada and Australia, IE6 is used by about 2.4% of their website visitors.
IE6 was launched in 2001 (about 10 years ago) and was superseded by IE7 in 2006 – almost 5 years ago. IE6 is old software, and getting it to display websites with contemporary visual styling in the same way other (modern) browsers do can take a lot of effort.
Effective today, we are no longer going to be testing our new website projects for cross browser compatibility in IE6 unless it matters enough to a client and they have requested it specifically. For those cases, we’ll be charging an additional fee – our standard terms of service have been updated accordingly.
Even though we won’t be testing for it, our standard website development approach will still provide a lot of IE6 support, and the site will let a visitor interact. The main area of difference will be in the area of transparency effects, which may display correctly in some instances but not all. If a client requests IE6 compatibility, we will implement and test transparency support, however as noted above this will involve an additional fee.