[Mediawiki-l] [Wikitech-l] Dropping IE6 support (was: MediaWiki security release 1.16.4)

Trevor Parscal tparscal at wikimedia.org
Thu Apr 14 18:59:08 UTC 2011

*For reading*, we aim to support any browser with 0.1%[1] use or more.

This has both culled things out, like IE 5.5, and surfaced things like NetFront (Sony Playstation Browser). 

*For security*, if it's possible to protect the site or our users, and we have money in the bank, we should be doing what it takes to protect them.

*For everything else*, we support various browsers based on a variety of factors:

* Whether the browser can ever support the feature at all
* Level of difficulty getting the feature to work in the browser
* Level of resources dedicated to the project

We normally knock out the most commonly-used and easy-to-get-working browsers first, and then sort out details on other browsers in order of use. There's no base percentage here, just hopes and dreams.

- Trevor

[1] http://stats.wikimedia.org/wikimedia/squids/SquidReportClients.htm

On Apr 14, 2011, at 2:10 AM, Siebrand Mazeland wrote:

> On 14-04-11 10:02 Daniel Kinzler <daniel at brightbyte.de> wrote:
>> Wow, seriously? IE6 should be taken out the back and shot...
> You're in luck. These days, even Microsoft agrees with you:
> http://www.ie6countdown.com/
> So when will we be able to drop IE6 support in MediaWiki completely? What
> metrics/thresholds can we use?
> I would suggest to set a percentage of worldwide usage as reported by some
> "trusted" statistics reported, or possibly a percentage of Wikimedia
> pageviews. 3% or 4%?
> Any thoughts?
> Siebrand
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