Monday, May 9, 2011

How IE6 is still causing headaches and bothering the rest of us

So you have this well known security issue called content sniffing in MS IE 6. No one really cares about that anymore right? Unfortunately, when you are a top 5 website, then you kinda have to care, since 3,46% of the readers of Wikipedia, so a whopping 13.88 million of the unique monthly visitors still use Microsoft Internet Explorer 6.

You try to fix this bug. Three times, causing three software releases (1.16.3, 1.16.4, 1.16.5) in 4 weeks. And then by accident, it becomes so strict that it breaks many of the requests for all Internet Explorer versions, simply because the url contains a dot. Sigh....

THIS is why you should help all your friends to get rid of IE6.

2 comments:

  1. And worse, during today's bug triage, there was speculation that this problem is causing problems for non-IE6 browsers when the response that MW gives to IE6 browsers is cached.

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  2. I agree, IE6 is just evil.

    evil evil evil.

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