The time has come.. it had to eventually. I know we are probably slightly off the curve on this but it is just no longer viable to "try" and support Internet Explorer 7 and 8 within modern coding practices/quotes.
I have made the decision that from now on we will only provide this support if specifically requested by clients. Either that or specifically state that we are not using HTML5 or more advanced CSS as their main audience demographic is actually still people running IE7 on Windows XP.
We have been trying to please everyone and, as the fable says this is not really possible.
The straw that broke the camels back was a recent mini project that went from a cleanly coded interactive experience to a mashup of fixes and hacks. As it happened it also went from an efficient within budget project to a massively over budget mishap!
We calculated that it took 150% of the actual time to build the microsite to then make IE8 happy. IE8 may have been happy but we were not, as we toiled to make it do something similar to the elegant canvas based solution we had initially built.
It really brought home to me how much time we spend trying to hack away at our nice tidy code and for some time had meant we resisted embracing useful new tech because of the inevitable need to add in extra legacy code.
A lesson learnt though and so from now on legacy browser development will be an extra line on our quotes.
This year's posts
- - Funny Phonics - An alternative alphabet
- - Inktober - A drawing a day for 31 days
- - Crazy 8s - How they can help any designer
- - Personas, you don’t need them… but they help!
- - Screen Printing Fun
- - The countdown begins
- - In search of perfection
- - Going back to basics with Jekyll
- - The last ride of the year
- - Apprenticeships in the Design Industry
- - It's time to stop being a busy fool
- - The Business of Web Design 2014 #tboWD
- - My favourite band I never saw...
- - My first Parkrun
- - I am sorry Internet Explorer.. this cannot go on!
- - Know when to hold them... know when to fold them.
- - And that is why you don't want to spend too much time swimming and snorkelling!
- - Summer Solstice 2013 - A #microadventure
- - Getting Started with Responsive Design
- - It is OK to hoard... you never know when you might need something!
- - 10 ways to back up your design work
- - 10 ways the role of 'web designer' is changing
- - Time waits for no one
- - Websites are not for designers and developers, they are for users
- - Can you really design purely in a browser?
- - How do you support your ongoing clients with website updates/support? Do you use a retainer or charge hourly?
- - There is something about the darkside...
- - #ecomchat - Enhancing Ecommerce with Mobile
- - The problem with Getting things done...
- - Taking the blinkers off