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ThemeKioken says

For the first time, my item was rejected for not supporting IE6 . This one

I believe it’s the buyer’s choice if to buy the item without IE6 compatibility or not.

Yet, almost all of my themes currently on sale here are without IE6 support. I don’t know if this IE6 rule is something new and if it will be permanent.

I replied the reviewer that I can’t reupload as long as there’s this IE6 rule on the submission policy anymore.

I am committed to burying this browser from my and my colleagues’ lives and don’t support it on any of my works for clients or anything else unless I’m paid extra for my effort (because it’s like building another website for IE6 ).

I’m no way blaming anyone or TF here, but the IE6 should die(even apple stopped the support on it’s services) and it is time to unite and spread the word.

And please don’t give me reasons with usage percentages, IE7 and FF are the major browsers to the world, not IE6 .

Coming back to this post’s title, IE6 rule should be removed from the submission policy.

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reidknorr says

I completely agree!

IE6 is considered to me, old technology. It is not worth all of the time that must be spent anymore. With the rate at which computers are purchased/changed out, IE7 should be standard anyway. I am going to stop IE6 compatibility as well. So I am with ya on this one!

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ThemeKioken says

Thank you Reid!

One other thing I forgot to mention is; what if I use vista / mac leopard with no ability to test with IE6 ?

I remember spending 6-7 hours just to find a software that virtually runs IE6 on a vista and tried several OS hacks but no luck.

Anyways, I don’t have a 6-7 years old machine to run and test my works with IE6 . I dump my old stuff like how I sent my casette player to trash.

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tonyc says

Yep, I’ve placed Google analytics on one of my wp themes and only 2% of all people who visited it through themeforest had IE 6 . For example Google Chrome had 6% but it is not required to be supported

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BroOf says

I also think IE6 shouldn’t be supported anymore. I don’t know anyone who uses this browser. And like reidknorr said: Any new computer has at least IE7 .

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ne-design says

Well TF itself has a IE6 bug too, so I am not sure why they require themes to have IE6 compatibility. I wonder if the theme price will go up having it compatible with IE6 .

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jremick Staff says

Why did they deny your theme in the first place? If you choose not to support IE 6 isn’t that an option when submitting the files?

I agree with you guys on this. The only way to bury that old piece of crap browser for good is for developers to stop supporting it. A few of my projects have taken almost 1/3 longer just because of strange little bugs in IE 6 , I’d love to completely stop supporting it.

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o_creative says

Don’t get me personal, but there are more complete statistics than the one delivered by your own blog :)

According to this page http://www.w3schools.com/browsers/browsers_stats.asp, IE 6 still holds around 20% of the market share. Add another 26% for IE7 and you almost have half of your potential Average Jack visitors running it.

I think IE6 compatibility will still remain an important issue for the next 2-4 years.

Just my two cents…

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ThemeKioken says
According to this page http://www.w3schools.com/browsers/browsers_stats.asp, IE 6 still holds around 20% of the market share. Add another 26% for IE7 and you almost have half of your potential Average Jack visitors running it. I think IE6 compatibility will still remain an important issue for the next 2-4 years.

True, o_creative. IE6 still holds the %20 marketshare according to NOV 2008 . But that’s also been because we kept the support for IE6 in 2008.

Considering the earlier moths, let’s see what the share was for IE6 :

Sept 2008: 22.3%

Aug 2008: 24.5%

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Feb 2008: 30.7%

I think this month’s (Dec 2008) statistic will show by January 2009 as 19% something. And will keep dropping down until 9-10% in 5-6 months, which will knock it out from being even a less major browser.

So, what I’m saying is, we can speed the drop down up. I am one, but there are thousands more like me I know.

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fuelthemes says

Well, I always add IE6 supports for my themes.

You just need to add a iehacks.css thats all.

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