IE Death March

Can’t remember where I first saw this … or maybe someone sent me the URL.  Anyway, IE Death March is a website with the following goal:

It’s time to put a deadline on dropping IE6, and I say that time is now, and the deadline should be soon… say like, March 2009.

A worthy and noble cause that’s scuppered by institutions and businesses who still run Windows 2000 as their operating system of choice, who can’t upgrade to IE7 (like that’s any better!) and won’t move over to Firefox because you can’t easily lock it down in the same way as IE.

Still, given that I spend up to 75% of my development time just trying to get code to work in IE6 all power to the campaign.

Wrong version of IE

So there I was, answering support calls in our helpdesk call management system when I copied a URL into the address bar of Mozilla Firefox 3.0, hit return and …

Well, I was a little surprised to read the following title bar text:

And this error message on the page.

Sorry, this application is not supported on this version of your browser. Your version of Internet Explorer needs to be upgraded to 5.5 or above.  Please contact your System Administrator.

Darn! I knew I should still be using Internet Explorer 5.5.

Portable Firefox wishlist

I’m really appreciating Portable Firefox for testing code in older versions of the browser.

But one thing that I really wish is that the process name (or whatever it is) in Portable Firefox was different to the installed version so that I could run both Firefox 2 and 3 simultaneously, like you can with the standalone installations of Internet Explorer.

Collusion dream

Fancy starting a new campaign with me? It’s a campaign of collusion for Web designers and it’s really pretty simple, I can’t believe that we’ve not thought of it sooner.

Here’s how it goes: we all agree to completely ignore the existence of Internet Explorer!

That’s it!  As simple as that.

It will, of course, lead to conversations like this:

Client: That new site you’ve just designed, it doesn’t work in Internet Explorer

Web designer: Inter.. what?

Client: Internet Explorer.  My web browser.  Internet Explorer 7.  IE7?

Web designer: IE7? Never heard of it.

Client: You must have heard of it.  Internet Explorer!  It comes installed on every Windows PC.

Web designer: It’s not on mine.  Seriously? It’s called IE7? … nope! Really doesn’t ring a bell, I’m afraid. It must be one of those really tiny, unpopular browsers.  We don’t support those, there’s no point.

That’s my dream anyway, and has absolutely nothing to do with my spending a week debugging some code in IE6 and IE7 … whatever they are.

Firefox beats IE on my blog

Google Analytics pie chart of browsers used

What joyous news!

I was just checking my Google Analytics results for this blog and discovered that there are more people using Mozilla Firefox than Microsoft Internet Explorer to view my blog.

For those who can’t quite read the results on the graph above, here is the list of top 10 browsers used to visit my blog during the last month:

Visitors’ browsers (15 May – 16 June 2007)
# Browser Visitors %
1 Firefox 2,930 51.22%
2 Internet Explorer 2,401 41.98%
3 Safari 289 5.05%
4 Opera 53 0.93%
5 Mozilla 23 0.4%
6 Netscape 8 0.14%
7 Konqueror 6 0.1%
8 Camino 4 0.07%
9 Mozilla Compatible 3 0.05%
10 Agent 000,gzip 2 0.03%

Google Analytics is a wonderful — and free — tool. If you run a website I urge you to check it out; all you need is a Google account. It shows you how people find your site, how they navigate through it and where they leap out when they do. All very useful stuff when trying to improve your website.

Anyway, thanks to the majority (51.22%) for using Firefox when viewing this site. And to the other 48.78% (apart from Mike using Konqueror and those Mac users with Safari or Camino) I urge you to give Firefox a go.