We hear again and again here that IE6 still has about 15% of the market share, but doesn’t that percentage include designers “testing” their design (live) again and again on IE6 ? I’ve been known to hit Refresh dozens if not hundreds of times to see if my fixes work. I’ll bet i’m not alone. Don’t I count for some of that 15%?
Does anyone think this 15% statistic is actually highly inflated due to designers using it for testing? Just a thought…
Good point, I was thinking it a while ago too
I’m not really sure, isn’t it that these stats are being based on ip’s and cookies (and other similar things), and not “refresh” button being pressed?
You may be right, but even so, if all designers are counted as a IE6 user, that actually might be a fairly high number.
Does anyone know if IP, cookies, etc have anything to do with it?
i really wish that it doesn’t have to be a requirement for ie6 on themeforest because IE6 is just a pain in the side to compensate for when making a site.
We can kick those who are using IE6 in everyday life .
Here are the stats for w3 Schools website:
They show 15%, and most users that visit the site are probably more internet savvy than others.
Does anyone think this 15% statistic is actually highly inflated due to designers using it for testing?
While I really don’t trust those browser usage statistics provided by W3C , I agree with gilmore that this “15%” is not that high (maybe not even medium) affected by designers testing for IE6 .
By the way. This topic has been dicussed before, when CAMS had asked Envato to give authors an option (yes/no) regarding the IE6 compliancy in their sites.
And although I actively supported CAMS ’s opinion, it’s true, we currently should offer IE6 support in Envato.
Maybe when it’ll drop under 10-5%, we can totally drop support…
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I wouldn’t be so quick to disregard IE6 – I work with a wide range of corporate clients who force all employees to use IE6 by default. I don’t know a single person in this group who actually likes using it, but the fact that it’s permanently installed into these corporate computers makes it worthy of attention (sadly). This group includes many Fortune500 companies, government organizations, educational institutions, etc. Those groups combined can easily take up 15% of the market share. Until they begin to convert (and their computers begin to fall apart), IE6 still has to be tested for. It sucks, I know. I’m pretty sure it keeps at least a few therapists in business.
I must ask the same question again:
“What is it about IE6 that prevents you to design a great website?”