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UPDATE: It seems like Facebook joined the campaign as well: Facebook joins the war against IE6!!!

If you are accessing my blog with IE6 you will see above the header a green box that informs you that you are using a "obsolete" browser, and that there are more modern browsers available: IE7, IE8 beta, Firefox, Safari and Opera.

It all started with a tweet by Erlend Schei, developer for Finn (a kind of Norwegian eBay):

To everyone involved with major Norwegian websites: Why don’t we start a campaign to get rid of IE6? One week with visible upgrade suggestions on the frontpage.

The reason for his suggestion, which can be read on his blog is that "it would have been much better to use to make real good tool for users, rather than to correct errors that occur only in IE6"

And this got a huge response and in a few days the warning message was on all main sites in Norway. This campaign seems also to be kind of endorsed by Microsoft Norway. In a press release they say:

[...] The newer versions of Internet Explorer have support for international webstandards and significant improvements have been made to both security and functionality. Based on this we support the initiative that has been made to upgrade from Internet Explorer to newer versions. [...]

This campaign quickly gained international exposure when Wired published a post titled: Norwegian Websites Declare War on IE 6.

But enough with the background of this campaign. Joining the campaign is pretty simple: you just have to add a few lines of HTML + CSS to your blog. No Javascript involved: only conditional comments so that spiders and other browsers will not see it.

If you want to know more on the campaign, there is a wiki to keep you updated with the how the campaign is going: IE6 Do NOT want!

If you are not running IE6, here is a screenshot of it.


I'll keep this message on the blog for one week or so: it would be interesting to see if the number of IE6 users drops. The average of the last month has been 10% of the overall users.

If you care about the web and own a blog or site, please consider joining the campaign and adding the code for the message in your homepage. Web developers around the World will thank you.

kick it on

posted on Monday, February 23, 2009 10:48 PM

Comments on this entry:

# re: Joining "IE6: Do NOT want!" campaign

Left by Thomas Hansen at 2/24/2009 1:24 PM

Welcome :)
Though please do not remove it after one week, we need to "annoy" all users of IE6 until the thing is burried... :(

# re: Joining "IE6: Do NOT want!" campaign

Left by Janko at 2/24/2009 3:45 PM

I agree with Thomas, keep the message longer than a week.

I'll join the flow, have to blog about it

# re: Joining "IE6: Do NOT want!" campaign

Left by Simone at 2/24/2009 3:55 PM

I fear that keeping it more than one week might annoy too much.
Maybe I'll keep it one week per month, until IE6 is completely eradicated from the web :)

# re: Joining "IE6: Do NOT want!" campaign

Left by mikedopp at 2/24/2009 7:12 PM

unfortunately in the US too many large corps use it. Due to "stability" <-[Questionable]. Totally agree with this idea we need it to spread everywhere. Kill IE6!

# re: Joining "IE6: Do NOT want!" campaign

Left by Joe Levi at 2/24/2009 7:18 PM

Here's my code to "scare" IE6 users into upgrading with just one line of code:


# re: Joining "IE6: Do NOT want!" campaign

Left by Simone at 2/24/2009 7:50 PM

@Joe: that is really nice. A bit more subtle that the big warning

# re: Joining "IE6: Do NOT want!" campaign

Left by Brad at 2/24/2009 10:49 PM

A nice thought, but most folks are using IE6 because that's what their corporate IT departments install on their machines. These green messages will be wasted on the wrong sets of eyes.

# re: Joining "IE6: Do NOT want!" campaign

Left by Si Philp at 2/25/2009 10:07 AM

Implementing this today :) Couldn't persuade the manager to do it on our corporate site though :( Blog post will follow...

# re: Joining "IE6: Do NOT want!" campaign

Left by Yves at 2/25/2009 3:24 PM

Very good idea! I'm actually practicing this for a few years now and I will not stop doing so. My pages are generally not tested with IE6 anymore these days (except for maybe one single time) - how should I even do that? IE7 is standard and I cannot install IE6 in parallel (need to use a virtual machine everytime).

The wording of this message can make a lot to not annoy too much. Make them believe that they're really better off with any other/newer browser than this. They can in turn bug their IT admins to get them something else for a browser. I wouldn't emphasise "Internet Explorer" so much in the text and give the reader a chance to actually find the alternative browsers. I word it "(...) also produce very good results", not "if you're adventurous enough you may take the challenge"... who of an indifferent IE6 user does that?

But one sidenote: Why does half the world seem to spell Firefox "FireFox", with a second capital "F"? "Firefox" is an actual English word and the real product name, no capital letters in the middle of the word. Honest! :)

# re: Joining "IE6: Do NOT want!" campaign

Left by Cheap Flights Guy at 2/28/2009 10:28 PM

I never moved from IE6 to IE7 since the first version of IE7 wouldn't play nice with VS2003 - so I moved over to FF. However, IE6 is still used a lot over here in Oz. Once of my sites still has 20% of users on IE6.

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