Ben Murden

Archive for April, 2011

Support IE6 With the Back of Your Hand

by on Apr.13, 2011, under Development, Web

I’ve been doing a bunch of development work with CakePHP lately and have gotten to the point where I’m in a position to submit a few bug fixes and improvements back to the project. One small improvement has already been accepted, so that’s a great start! Working with Oracle, PHP, CentOS, and CakePHP has been an… interesting experience, so I’m hoping to get some information together about that process and make it a little easier for others in the future.

In other areas, I’ve been trying out Sass, Compass, and blueprint, with exciting results. If you wish for CSS to be more pragmatic and structured, these tools are for you. I’m particularly interested in the potential of very experimental CSS3 implementations, like transform and transition. Makes the web feel modern all over again.

When asked to support IE6, I would do it, but I’d do it like this. I actually rather like the idea behind the Universal IE6 CSS project, in that it still aims to provide a usable and clearly presented version of your site, substituting only CSS, but lets those users know they’re getting a much reduced experience. If they’re on the Internet, why haven’t they hopped on the future train yet? Come on people, get with the program. The fact that projects like this have to exist is pretty crazy, but now that we’re in this mess, I’m glad it does.

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