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The Importance of Internet Explorer 6 (IE6) Browser Testing

Vince Scordino Team : Web Development Tags : Web Development

Arguably one of the most difficult challenges facing web developers today is getting a beautiful and intuitive design to look exactly the same in every currently-used web browser (yes, this also includes Internet Explorer 6 guys). Since creating a consistent experience for every user, in every browser, in every operating system, for every project is quite the contest, I believe it is possible for every developer to get a website working in every browser to allow for future website maintenance to run smoothly.

Latest browsers statistics for September 2010 (source w3) show Internet Explorer holds 31.1% total market share; of which E6 holds 5.6% (enough to cause a stir and spend those extra few hours getting things right in this ancient browser). Further statistics show that IE6’s numbers have dropped from 10.2% in January 2010 – that’s a 50% drop in 9 months!

Does this mean we will officially drop support for IE6 in another 9 months? In saying that, HTML5 isn’t far from launch so we can’t be too far away. All I know for now is that 5.6% for IE6 is still enough to support for the time being.

Stay tuned!