Why I treat IE6 like a Nokia 3210

Why I treat IE6 like a Nokia 3210

Summary: Nearly 3 years ago, that clever old bastard and emigre-wannabe @Malarkey wrote a Universal Stylesheet for the much maligned browser Internet Explorer 6. In the words of @zkhan, “it's essentially serve IE6 text only, but dressed up as though you're being kind”.

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Nearly 3 years ago, that clever old bastard and emigre-wannabe @Malarkey wrote a Universal Stylesheet for the much maligned browser Internet Explorer 6. In the words of @zkhan, “it's essentially serve IE6 text only, but dressed up as though you're being kind”. Which made me laugh.

Fast forward to mobile-savvy, farewell-desktop 2012. Webolutionary Ethan Marcotte, the chap who brung us Responsive Web Design Big Time, does battle with IE6 in his canonical classic Responsive Web Design. Essentially, IE6 doesn’t support the max-width property and flexible images (pp49).

The solution? Treat IE6 like a Nokia 3210 (thankyou @zkhan). The most basic browser is served up the basic mobile experience.

Nokia 3210 running IE6
A Nokia 3210 adapted to run Internet Explorer 6

And because we’re developing mobile first (remember?), this experience is not half so tawdry as the marketing deparment would lead you to believe.

Not so much “Farewell IE6”, more “Let me show you to the revolving mobile door”.

@growdigital

Topic: Software Development

Jake Rayson

About Jake Rayson

A web designer since the 20th century, I am a pragmatic advocate of Free Software and I use proprietary software when appropriate. I made the full-time switch to Linux back in 2007, and my desktop tools of choice are Linux Mint, Inkscape, GIMP and Sublime Text.

As a Front End Developer, my core skills are HTML5, CSS3 and jQuery, and my working life reflects my commitment to open standards and accessible websites (ie accessible by everyone, regardless of browser, platform, ability or technology).

For web publishing platforms, I use WordPress for ease of use and Drupal for more complex solutions.

I am also learning about Ruby, Rails, Sinatra and CoffeeScript. I like the minimalist Ruby Way. To this end, my personal portfolio website is built with NestaCMS.

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