Norway mobilizes against IE 6
You can't a-fjord not to
Norwegian web sites are campaigning to have users dump Microsoft's Internet Explorer 6 for a modern browser.
Two of the country's three largest newspapers as well as local newspapers, search engines and ISPs, the Yellow Pages, and other communities have posted a message that ask users to upgrade. Microsoft is also reported to be supporting the effort.
According to one message served up to IE 6 users landing on Finn.no, one of Norway's largest sites:
Heads up: You're using an older version of Internet Explorer.
In order to get the most out of our website, you can get a free update of Internet Explorer. If you're using a work computer, you should contact your IT administrator.
One Reg Reader, Morten Skarstad, emailed to say: "The campaign has been triggered by web developers growing tired of having to hack their otherwise standards compliant pages to render OK in the antiquated browser."
Eight years after it was released - and despite the release of IE 7 in 2006 - IE 6 has refused to go quietly into the night. IE6 had 18.5 per cent of the browser market in January, with IE 7 on 25 per cent, according to W3Schools. Despite being five years more advanced, IE 7 only managed to surpass IE 6 in June last year.
tired of hacking standards compliant pages? then stop doing it FFS!
"The campaign has been triggered by web developers growing tired of having to hack their otherwise standards compliant pages to render OK in the antiquated browser." - Then stop messing with your pages and write it using the STANDARDS ONLY! When enough people do it people WILL upgrade because THEY will grow tired of pages not rendering properly. Stop catering for muppets (no offence kermit!)
Re: Here's a thought...
"Why dont you show off your coding skills and write a simple little script that redirects IE6 users"
Apart from the tone of your suggested message, that's precisely what people are doing, albeit not actually locking people out of their sites from day one. A decline in reading skills is obviously another "problem that's plaguing America".
@ AC @IH
" You seem to have a higher firefox contingent than other sources, so I presume you look after a techy site."
As it happens it belongs to a novelist and the techy content is virtually nil.
Looking at the OS analysis shows that XP has 61% of the visitors, followed by OSX at 19% and Vista at 14%. None of the others get as high as 2% (it lists Win2003 - what is that?)
The high Mac OSX is because that's what I use (and Safari), it' s what he uses and what his wife uses.
I can't explain the high Firefox hits other than what has been posted in others people's comments.