Microsoft’s latest browser release is IE9, but the problem now is that many people still use older versions of the browser. I thought I would write this post to help anyone struggling with this scenario of designing in the older IE browsers.
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The question is “do I make my website compliant with older IE6 and 7 browsers?”
Consider the following questions and comments:
1. Is it worth investing the time in making my website compliant?
If on a tight time frame on a project, this may make you run over other projects plus if on a budget for that size project, so I would make a decision based on size and budget available.
A recent project I did I didn’t consider looking at older browsers as I was on a deadline and it was a very small budget site, but I may revisit this when getting some free time as would like every project to be rendered into Microsoft force a browser upgrade.
2. Does my client use an older browser?
When the client first sees your designed website, I have had this before where customers say there is an issue but I can’t see any problem until I realise they have been viewing from IE7.
3. What benefit would I get from fixing IE6 and IE7 bugs?
1) Usability: You would allow people to use and view the website as it should be seen, or at least to a level they can see all the elements of the web page in the right place.
2) Increase Conversions: I have recently been looking at stats on the Google analytics and this shows a good percentage still use internet explorer, but if the analytics stated that a good percentage of visitors used IE6 or IE7, this would then give a case in investing extra time to fix these bugs.
If stats prove people visit your website from older browsers, it makes good sense to keep your visitors happy. Plus this could result in higher conversions over time.
Applying an IE7 only stylesheet