IE 6 Compliance Now Optional for Authors

Perhaps one of the most often created threads within our forums concerns our Internet Explorer 6 compliance requirement. Today, as an early Christmas present to many, I’m pleased to announce that IE6 compliance will now be purely optional for authors – though still an encouraged one.

How Come?

Especially in the past few months, the percentage of users who are still browsing with IE6 has dropped dramatically – to the point of a 1% decrease or more each month! This is in no doubt due to the growing Google Chrome userbase, as well as the recent release of Windows 7.

Browser Stats

What this Means

In short, we are no longer requiring that authors compensate for Internet Explorer 6 when uploading new templates. With that said, we still urge you to consider your buyer before your time when designing.

When Should I Include IE6 Support?

  • Many buyers of corporate/business templates will need one which compensates for this browser, due to company restrictions. To not do so might force them to skip over your item in search of a more suitable purchase.
  • When you want to be super awesome, and compensate for as many of your viewers as possible – even the ones who still utilize this decade-old web browser.

Who Should I Skip IE6 Compliance?

  • If developing more of a personal blog with a target market of a younger, more technical audience.
  • If you want to make a statement, and help bring down the fall of IE6!

In Conclusion

Use common sense when determining whether or not to add compliance for IE6. Remember – just because it is no longer required does not mean that you shouldn’t still take the extra hour or so to work out some bugs. While IE6 now represents less than 10% of all browsers, that can still potentially represent a very large number. We trust your judgment.

Until further notice, “Internet Explorer 6″ will still be listed as an option within our “upload template” section.


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