An initial decision we made when starting up Hark 2 was whether we should include support for Internet Explorer 6 as standard. After very quick deliberation we decided that there was no chance that we would be offering this as standard.
You may be asking yourself "how did you make that decision so quickly?"
The answer is simple, Internet Explorer 6 (IE6) was released on August 27th 2001... that means it will be 10 years old this year. Supporting a browser that is that severely outdated (as well as having security flaws) for a current 2011 market share of just 2.34% in the UK (StatCounter.com) is not an efficient use of our time or indeed a client's budget.
At Hark 2 we wish to embrace new technologies so that we can provide the best possible solutions to our clients. By striking IE6 off our list of supported browsers we are no longer limiting what we can achieve or indeed hampering the user experience of the massive majority who are on superior web browsers.
“ Supporting a browser that is that severely outdated for a current 2011 market share of just 2.34% in the UK is not an efficient use of our time or indeed a client's budget. ”
There are of course exceptions to the rule where IE6 is sadly still sparingly used, such as in some government departments. If this is noted at the start of a project we'll endeavour to develop a site to work on IE6 as best as possible, as we have previously had lots of experience doing this. However it must be noted that the extra time required to make a site compatible will be added to the cost of the project.