Farewell IE6


More than 100 people, many of them dressed in black, are expected to gather around a coffin Thursday to say goodbye to an old friend. The deceased? Internet Explorer 6. Farewell … and good riddance 😉

While many people still use this browser, it has given web developers quite a lot of headaches. The only way that people would stop using this browser is for sites not to support it. Google Docs and Google Sites discontinued support for the browser Monday, and YouTube will follow suit March 13. At least then people will be forced to switch to other browsers.

Thursday’s mock funeral was inspired by Google’s decision to phase out IE6 this month, said Jon Clark, business development director for Aten Design Group.

The Web site’s funeral invitation reads, “Internet Explorer Six, resident of the interwebs for over 8 years, died the morning of March 1, 2010 in Mountain View, California, as a result of a workplace injury sustained at the headquarters of Google, Inc.”

The funeral and online invitation caught the attention of thousands of people with similar hopes that IE6 will eventually be obsolete, including a group of people in Iceland who are hosting an IE6 funeral of their own.

Sad to say, IE still controls the web browser share, ahead of Firefox and Chrome. Until all sites disable IE6 support, majority will still use it because there is already a browser in front of them where they can use it to surf. Why bother getting another browser?

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