There is no reason to support IE9 or IE10 in 2016

(Kasper Peulen) #1

Microsoft has just announced that they won’t support IE8, IE9 and IE10 anymore after January 12, 2016. In other words, after this date, these browser will be officially deprecated and insecure to use. The best thing would be to leave a message:

“You are visiting this website in an insecure browser, please upgrade or switch to a modern browser like Edge, Chrome, or Firefox.”

(Florian Bender) #2

No. It’s not the duty (and not the right) of web software to make users to do anything. From the perspective of Discourse, the announcement should not change anything (apart from maybe dropping some specific hacks to make IE9 display the site properly if you think the baggage is too big – but, let’s face it, there isn’t much IE-specific code left for IE>=9).

If a site owner decides to educate the visitors to his/her site, s/he may put up an information message/bar/whatever on the site to make people aware of the issue. S/He should not prevent people from accessing a site. Sometimes, people are not able to control their environment, e.g. corporate IT may decide which browser (and version) you can run. Don’t be a bad host.

If you think supporting older browser hampers development and usage of new browser features, “progressive enhancement” is the keyword. Nobody says the site has to work in any browser (and version) the same way (good luck with that), however it should work reasonably well.

(Wes Osborn) #3

See this thread for more information on the team’s plans for older versions of Internet Explorer:

(Jeff Atwood) #4