Please, Please, Please stop using Internet Explorer

In the web design world, web design professionals HATE HATE HATE Microsoft’s Internet Explorer web browser. Its the one topic that even feuding web designers agree on. Typically, our customers look at us funny when we suggest that they stop using Internet Explorer. It feels to me as though the customers think we are being tech snobs because we use web browsers that might have a few more toolbars and tools than Internet Explorer. Or they might think that we use the other browsers because they are open-source.

These are not the reasons we want you to stop using Internet Explorer!

Last week, vulnerabilities in Internet Explorer Versions 6, 7 and 8 were exploited by the Chinese government in an attempt to hack into Google’s Servers. This is now very well documented all over the web. Last week, Google made headlines because they traced massive hacking attempts on their GMail mailboxes that originated in China. Google responded by threatening to block China entirely and shut down their operations in China. Why would China try to hack Google? Because certain human rights activists use GMail. The security holes that allowed these attacks are only part of the problems with IE.

The only reason that we don’t push the IE issue too much with customers, is because there are still archaic companies that are stuck in 1999 by forcing their employees or customers to use outdated technology that is just plain not safe. Probably the worst offender I have ever seen is, the company that currently has the contract for Delaware area real estate multi list services. This practice of standardizing on one browser needs to stop. Now.

Most people don’t realize that Microsoft creates their own standards for how they render web pages. This is changing slowly over time, and Microsoft has stated that their next generation browser (version 9), will pass most of the standards tests to render web pages properly. This literally can’t happen soon enough. The problem is that many, many, many people use old versions of Internet Explorer. IE6 is an incredible pain in the ass for web designers. As recently as 6 months ago, we had to spend days making a standards-based website work in IE6 with stupid coding tricks because a customer’s wife works for the State of Delaware and she states that the State of Delaware won’t let her upgrade her web browser. This is incredibly shortsighted and dangerous.

You have many options for a much faster, safer, and more fun web experience. What is the best web browser out there? That depends who you ask. Google Chrome is very fast, and Safari is very fast on the Mac. My main web browser is still Firefox. Firefox has regular updates, is very fast, and it has an amazing number of plugins that make it a joy to use.

Take a moment, and get a better browser now. Please?

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7 Responses to Please, Please, Please stop using Internet Explorer

  1. mark says:

    Couldn’t agree with you more! How do you handle this from a business perspective — do you write into your contracts for web design that you dont support compatibility with older IE?

  2. john says:

    It depends on the project. For most projects, it is time to stop supporting IE6. IE8 is out now, with IE9 around the corner. There are certain sites where they need the compatibility, but that is coming to an end.

  3. chasjs says:

    We find that some financial institution require the use of IE. Agree with you that it is a bad practice. I use Firefox as my main browser and have since version 1.x but still find sites that will not work properly.

    Hopefully the competition from Safari, Chrome and Firefox will encourage those dinosauer businesses to allow other browsers.

  4. ghoj says:

    I do understand your position this John, but how does a multi-millon dollar E-tailer deal with this approach when their reporting statistics show that 87% of site visitors are using a version of Internet Explorer?

  5. john says:

    I think that e-tailers need to be aware of standards with their websites. My post wasn’t asking website owners to change, but for web users that are still using IE6 to upgrade. IE6 is the problem.

  6. john says:

    This just in….. YOUTUBE is finally stopping support for IE6! This is great news.

  7. TheGuru says:

    John, I grinned from ear to ear as I read your post on stop using IE. I have used the Netscape / Mozilla family of browsers for many years. Firefox is my primary browser for all personal matters.

    It amazes how many sites force clients to use IE. There are some sites that blatantly require the use of IE. I’ll refrain from going off on my own rant, but I do agree it would be nice if sites actually made an attempt to support Firefox.

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