Look, we're moving into a new generation of web browsers. It's time to
upgrade - it's easy and free. We shouldn't spend our time/resources trying
to support ten-year-old technology. Even Microsoft is trying to get people
to stop and it's the responsibility of any popular website to support modern
Anytime I hear 'developing for IE6' I cringe. If the time developers spent
on supporting IE6 went toward modern features, we'd have some really great
On Thu, Jun 2, 2011 at 2:25 PM, Russell N. Nelson - rnnelson <
Remember Rule #1: You can't solve social problems
using technical means.
The social problem is that people keep using IE6. The technical means are to
protect them by pandering to IE6 security lapses. The social solution is to
tell people "FFS, STOP USING IE^111".
For all the reasons Brion gave below, I support the idea of checking to see
if the browser is IE6, and if it is, then give them a header that says "We
can no longer provide you with a secure browsing experience because you are
using Internet Explorer 6" followed by a dump of the raw wikitext with any
angle brackets replaced by < and >.
From: wikitech-l-bounces(a)lists.wikimedia.org [
wikitech-l-bounces(a)lists.wikimedia.org] on behalf of Brion Vibber [
For 1) I'm honestly a bit willing to sacrifice a few IE 6 users at this
point; the vendor's dropped support, shipped three major versions, and is
actively campaigning to get the remaining users to upgrade. :) But I get
protecting, so if we can find a workaround that's ok.
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