ie6 tax now!
Its not that i cant get the layouts to look the same way - its just that everything takes for ever and ever to debug, to get it right, after all I have been doing this since 96 - so I survived the browser war, the dot com crash, and even got dhtml to work in both ie5 and navigator 4. But its getting absurd with ie6 - it is now 2 (two!) versions behind ie8. Which means that we the front end developers have to create websites for a browsers thats 6 years old, its destroying all enjoyment of our job + stopping all progress, for the browsers, when we have to go for the lowest entry all the time.
Here in the small kingdom of Denmark we still have 14% of the day to day users that are using ie6 WTF I thought that .dk was on the frontline of tech? but even the danish schoolsystem are still sucking the sacky tits of ie6, my GF's a school teacher and i banned IE6 on all computers in our home - yes thats the only time ive sat my foot down, which had the result that there were pages that she coudnt see from the school system (examination material WTF!)
Goddammit please coudnt ie6 just die, please upgrade to ie7 (or even ie8... firefox if you wanna get xtra street cred.).
Enough of the crying
I have just changed my day to day timetracking and billing software to Harvest, while playing around with it and getting everything translated to my native language: danish. I came to the tax fields, offcourse added our normal 25% tax (moms) but then theres another field names #tax 2... hmmm coudnt I could use that field for something usefull? ... oooh IE6 tax! If the client wants to have a site to Rock on a 6 year old browser, as hard as it does on the modern browser - Well then hes gotta pay for it. -yeah we love taxing here in dk -and dont wanna pay private insurances at the same amount [*]( yeah yeah its communism ....yadi yadi - please read up on your political science before the parania takes over dk is not a socialistic contry).
you want ie6 support - pay up!
So from now on if a client wanna have the same design & functionality as in the modern browsers (ie7,ie8, firefox & safari, opera family) then they have to pay for it. It takes roughly around 30% of my time on a project to correct for ie6 bugs.
It dosnt mean that the website aint gonna work in ie6, but it will be a cleaner non sexy version. No rounded borders, no fixing for transparent png's, no margin padding correction etc. So the site will still work, but it will not be sexy hot.
puuuh enough of the ranting ;)