When it comes to webdesign and browser support - there are a lot of different opinions on how far back you should support an older browser or not. I decided a while ago to drop the older ones as new ones shows up. And especially since bigger sites, like Google and YouTube etc started to drop the support, I think everyone should re-evaluate what’s an sane level. For me today, that’s IE9 and later.
Supporting IE9+ is (as of today) quite good level where to “draw the line” if you say so. It has partial CSS3 support already and misc fixes are kind of easy to add. The reason to not support any of the older versions (eg IE7/8) is simply they don’t derserve it.
- The level of xtra efforts.
- Supporting old browsers just eliminate their reasons to upgrade.
Of course, if a customer really ask for the support, they’ll get it. (It’s their money…)
Browser Upgrade Page
On my site(s) I add a simple, frindly message, to inform them that they have an outdated browser. For me that is the best and friendliest way to “help them”. It’ll show a short message, including a list of broswers they can download instead.
Just drop the folder
upgrade/ in your web root, and add the code to your
.htaccess file. If you don’t have one - use the one in the download.
A note on the listed browser… On purpose I’ve put Chromium before Google Chrome. Chrome is great, but it’s also a “bloatware” - meaning they keep versions inside and building up the size of the program (at least in OS X). That is not the case with Chromium, which also have the option to manually check for updates.
The download includes a demo with a dummy index page… The info text is just something I put down quickly. You might want to re-write or replace it &/or add your own information
The Future of Internet Explorer
Slightly off topic here, but the other day we recieved the good news that Microsoft will ditch IE. And they will replace it with a new browser called “Spartan”
However, if my sources are right, Spartan is not IE 12. Instead, Spartan is a new, light-weight browser Microsoft is building.
Windows 10 (at least the desktop version) will ship with both Spartan and IE 11, my sources say. IE 11 will be there for backward-compatibility’s sake. Spartan will be available for both desktop and mobile (phone/tablet) versions of Windows 10, sources say.
Spartan is just a codename at this point. …
I think that will be great - in the long run. But, initially we’ll get just another one to prefix.