There was even a funeral.

None-the-less, I’ve joined the ranks of IE6 users. (I won’t say rejoined, because I managed to avoid it the last time around.)

My current client is a large (but not that large) corporation employing more than 10,000 people. The standard install is Windows XP run in Windows 2000 compatibility mode (really). Plus Internet Explorer 6. Plus no admin access. IE6 is the only thing on the menu. All you can eat.

It’s this way because of years of internal applications rely on these old standards. It’s this way because it can take buckets of money to fix that. It’s this way for somewhere shy of ten percent of web users (depending on who’s counting).

And it makes the web a really odd place.

Pages are potholed with missing content. Text runs over edges like melting ice cream. Pandora plays about six songs, then crashes the browser. Home pages bark: Flee IE6! Upgrade! Switch. Beg. Borrow. Steal. Run. Just don’t bring that deadbeat in here.

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