Over the past couple of days, the following story has been sweeping the Internet:

Yesterday, one of Norway’s biggest commercial sites, finn.no started issuing a warning to all IE6 users telling them to upgrade their browsers. Today, a host of big norwegian sites are doing the same. The campaign to end IE6 usage is on!

What a fantastic and simple idea! Today I joined the growing list of sites supporting this movement – if you visit my site in IE6 or below, the following message is displayed at the top of the page in a <!--[if lte IE 6]> conditional comment (see a screenshot of in IE6 courtesy of NetRenderer):

Hi there, it looks like you’re using an old and unsupported version of Internet Explorer.

In order to get the most out of the web, you should get a free update for Internet Explorer, or consider trying Mozilla Firefox instead. If you’re using a work computer, you should contact your IT administrator. Check out this article for more reasons why you should upgrade.

Even Microsoft agrees on this one. So have a look and see what percentage of your sites’ viewers are using IE6 or below, and put a message on telling them to upgrade!

February 22nd, 2009 | 3 Comments