Site Construction: Getting IE6 Up To SpeedWednesday, May 7th, 2008
When my analytics started showing IE6 hits, I realized two things.
1. Even people following links from a place like meyerweb.com (thanks for visiting!) may still be using the dread bile beast of Redmond (Internet Explorer 6 for those not following along).
2. They probably want to be able to see/use the site like everyone else.
I needed to bite the bullet and get that particular “browser” (if you can call it that) to render the site functionally, since this page is crawling with PNGs. Unfortunately, after a couple of hours of tinkering around with Dean Edwards’ IE7, things hadn’t improved much. I got the transparency I needed, but a lot of unusual bugs crept into the header (clipped elements, missing buttons, unusable navigation, etc).
So since I’m expected to work on client sites at work and I was out of time, I made a quick fix (using conditional comments and a ie6-specific stylesheet as I describe here) and for the moment the IE6 version of the site has GIFs. Ugly-edged GIFs. I could clean them up, but I think I’m going to take a page out of Andy Clarke’s book and just do a completely different look for visitors with IE6, like he does with Stuff and Nonsense.
I suppose a design that was nothing more than a giant mother nagging you to upgrade your browser wouldn’t quite be appropriate.