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  • IE6 Formatting

    First of all, thanks to everyone for their great posts and expert advice. I've been lurking on this board for the past 6 weeks getting the answers I need and not having to post any questions.

    This is more a rant than a request for advice.

    I gave a demo yesterday to a very large, west coast based Financial Services company. The app we built assists technology departments with their workforce planning.

    The app had been tested with IE7+, chrome, firefox, opera, etc., and looked and behaved great. What we didn't anticipate was that the client still had IE6 deployed. Did I mention that this was a very large Financial Services company?

    In any case, functionality seemed OK except for modal pop-up windows, but most (I'd say all, but we didn't go through them all our screens at the time) of the parent/child grid screens had some pretty ugly formatting.

    I'm going to try some of the header recommendations to fix the formatting and will report back here if they work.

    I suppose this post is also a warning that a number of corporate standard desktop images still deploy IE6.

    Meeting with a large venture capital bank in the Sili Valley today and keeping my fingers crossed...


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    Re: IE6 Formatting

    Not sure why would anyone be stuck in IE6 !! when it doesn't cost a penny to upgrade at least to IE8.
    Lots happened between IE6 and now IE9, most notably HTML5 and HTML6 coming onboard soon if not already there.
    Perhaps some of the tags in the grid utilize HTML5 and I can't see you regressing to accommodated those guys! I can't see alpha regressing either. I'd give them a primer on IE8. It's been long out of beta and it's fairly safe and there is no earthly reason to use IE6. None.


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      Re: IE6 Formatting

      As a developer - I no longer support IE6.
      It is outdated and horrible.

      Suggest they should go back to chiseling their data into rock - as IE6 is THAT far away from IE7 and 8.

      As developers, I think there comes a time when we have to say no.
      IE6 is outdated, has many security flaws, and uses the wrong box model.

      Good luck trying to support it.

      if you INSIST, take a look at conditional style sheets.
      Itll be something along the lines of

      <!--if [IE6]-->
      <link href="styles/ie6.css" rel="Stylesheet" type="text/css"/> //this is only processed by ie6 browsers, so you can add whatever styles you need to override for ie6 to this css
      <!--endif---> - there you go.

      Scott Moniz - Computer Programmer/Analyst
      REA Inc.

      REA INC offers consulting services, programming services, systems design, database design, third party payment gateway integration (CHASE, PAYPAL, AUTHORIZE.NET) and developer support.
      If you need custom code, or 1-to-1 mentoring in any facet of your database/web application design,
      contact us to discuss options.


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        Re: IE6 Formatting

        "Dealing with IE 6 and below is always an extra-special challenge. These days people are dropping support for it right and left, including major businesses, major web apps, and even governments. There is a better solution than just letting the site go to hell, and that is to server IE 6 and below a special stripped-down stylesheet, and then serve IE 7 and above (and all other browsers) the regular CSS. This is been coined the universal IE 6 CSS." - From the link above

        <!--[if lte IE 6]>
        <link rel="stylesheet" type="text/css" media="screen, projection" href="" />

        Seems like Google COde has a universal ie6 stylesheet.
        This probably fixes many IE6 issues.

        Above the lte IE6 means - process this code if the browser is less than or equal to IE6.

        Just the fact that Microsoft had to add this little processor into their browser should show how bad their box model was :)
        Scott Moniz - Computer Programmer/Analyst
        REA Inc.

        REA INC offers consulting services, programming services, systems design, database design, third party payment gateway integration (CHASE, PAYPAL, AUTHORIZE.NET) and developer support.
        If you need custom code, or 1-to-1 mentoring in any facet of your database/web application design,
        contact us to discuss options.