I've just discovered that my newly coded website works in IE6 and 7, and in Firefox, Safari (windows) 3 and Opera 9.
I've also just discovered that the website displays it's content but misses it's footer (purely an aesthetically displeasing sight) in IE 5.5 and it's a complete mess in IE 5.0
My question is, having satistfied around 97-98% of the web browsing world, is it really worth trying to find and implement hacks that make it work in IE5 variants. Would it be unprofessional or unwise to completely ignore them? (ideally of course, I'd like the site to reach everyone that would choose to visit it, and in the same way, but would that be unrealistic?)
10-21-2007, 05:32 AM
Is your site likely to be found by and of any use to the type of person that has not bothered to upgrade their browser in several years?
If your site has existed for some time you should have information in your visitor statistics log. Check there and see how many visitors using which browser have actually visited your site.
If you have had none or few visitors using those browsers, weigh the amount of effort needed to make your site compatible (you should probably detect the browser and redirect to a page made specifically to work with that browser) with what you will gain from the number of visitors using those browsers.
It probably won't have an effect on how your web site works with those old browsers, but make sure the markup is valid and any CSS is valid - http://validator.w3.org/ and http://jigsaw.w3.org/css-validator/
It's a pretty new site. It's not really likely to attract such people... it's more likely to have them hit on it proportionately. In IE5, they would be able to navigate and view content at least, but I have no idea why the footer div doesn't display in ie5.5 (though, it's probably fixable)... and for ie5.0 I'm completely clueless, so it would mean a completely different layout.
Actually, I tell a lie... the sort likely to fail to update the browser for years on end is probably the type least lightly to be looking for new sites such as mine, so maybe it's about half of 1.5%.
The code I know to be invalid (strictly speaking), but not far off, and most of that is due to redundant meta's.. Firefox is happy to claim it's rendering in standards compliance mode, and it's behaviour in MSIE6 suggests likewise.
10-21-2007, 06:05 AM
Here is another way of looking at the problem.
If someone is still using IE5 or 5.5, they are probably accustomed to seeing web pages that don't render correctly and your site probably won't look any worse then what they are accustomed to seeing on other sites they visit.