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When to stop tuning css for old browsers

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Css, browsers and versions

Posted 27 May 2009 - 11:24 PM

I have been coding php, (x)html and css for several years now. The hardest thing to decide is, when do I stop tuning my css for a specific browser? Let's say, IE6!
Sometimes coding css gets really painful while tuning css for specific browser and you never seem to end up happy with your result ( thinks of IE6...) :rolleyes:

When do you stop tuning css for older browsers? Do you follow marketshare or do you watch the top most used browser of your visitors?

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Posted 28 May 2009 - 11:17 AM

always optimize your site for the newest used* browsers and 1 version behind
optimum between top used browser of your visitors and marketshare

and of corse
IE8 -> IE7
FF3 -> FF2
and so on
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Posted 28 May 2009 - 11:31 AM

I refuse to deal with IE6. The world has moved on, and if you haven't, you're just like one of those bastards who is worried about the switch to digital television.
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Posted 28 May 2009 - 12:46 PM

View Postautodog, on 27 May, 2009 - 10:24 PM, said:

I have been coding php, (x)html and css for several years now. The hardest thing to decide is, when do I stop tuning my css for a specific browser? Let's say, IE6!
Sometimes coding css gets really painful while tuning css for specific browser and you never seem to end up happy with your result ( thinks of IE6...) :rolleyes:

When do you stop tuning css for older browsers? Do you follow marketshare or do you watch the top most used browser of your visitors?


Offer them,in a AJAX Modal Box,if they're a first time visitor and have an old browser, a chance to download Firefox,Safari,Opera and The Other Up-To Date Internet Browsers.
The Most common browser is Firefox.

Don't make your modal box boring , add colors that stand out from your site,but not too much.Don't go for a Christmassy backgorund with a animated snowing bg.Keep ithe background grey,black to white gradient or silverand remeber to add images,maybe some js reflection if you can.

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Posted 31 May 2009 - 04:27 AM

Obviously it depends a lot on your specific audience. While IE6 can be a pain to work with, 15% is still a fair chunk of browser share and it would be difficult to justify ignoring those people if your client was say an online retailer.

Having said that, I don't think websites need to look _exactly_ the same in every browser, just as long as they degrade gracefully.
It's probably not worth spending hours tuning/hacking in some fancy visual effect to IE6, when the site as a whole remains very usable.

Yahoo's graded browser support article provides a useful criteria: http://developer.yah...i/articles/gbs/
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Posted 31 May 2009 - 01:56 PM

check out the w3 browser usage stats
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