I'm sorry guys, but the official stance on IE6 compatibility is a degraded support. We're going to fix some of the issues with IE6 on the forums. But the target list of browsers is Safari3, Opera9, IE7, FF3. We go for degraded support with IE6 and FF2. We end up picking up Chrome by targeting Safari3.
I couldn't've put it better myself. Is it worth all that work? So far all I've heard is a resounding NO
I don't remember exact numbers (ask Big K) but IE6 users are a small minority here. My site, which I'm sure has a very similar userbase, has 3.58% IE6 users. That's less than Chrome (5.63%). Why oh why would someone want to devote more time writing for IE6 than they spend writing for every other browser out there? I sure as hell won't!
*edit* Side note, I wouldn't call that page "global" by any means. It's the browser stats for their site only. Besides that, being a site for web developers, it's not really a good "diverse" sample.
read below. :P
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As far as IE6, we do try to make sure that we have at least degraded support for it. I am very glad to say that IE6 only accounts for ~ 6% of our visitors. (I'm throwing a party when it reaches 1%!)
Well, it's good to see that that functionality is available, but I still can't think of any good reason to break up the old page. It put all of the information in one place that only required one click and one page load to get to from anywhere on the site. The new set of pages is split up, requiring at least two clicks and page loads... or more if I want to get to both. I just don't see why this was thought to be a good idea. I have to ask... do the people who come up with and implement this stuff actually use the sites? Curse.com, CurseForge.com, and now WowAce.com are all usability nightmares, breaking everything down into the most granular items possible and making everything take multiple clicks and page loads to access. It's getting to the point where I don't even want to upload new versions of my addons, because it's just such a pain in the ass to perform such a simple task.
Actually there is a decent reason.
Performance. Because of limitations in django's ORM the tickets page and the projects pages each require large numbers of queries.
We're working on reducing it and caching it is always an option as well.
The header looks a lot better this morning. There's still an odd gray bar hanging down over the forum navigation links, and the Ace logo has a different color background, but I think those are both png issues because IE6 sucks.
ya that'd do it. IE6 doesn't do transparent PNGs properly.
On the subject of readability, what do you guys think of the basic typography (not the complete lack of non typography styles) on b-list.org I find his site, while I think too minimal, to be very easy to read and its that type of typography I'm thinking of bringing to the site.