Usability & Browsers
We are very committed to making websites that are cross-browser compatible, meaning that they will look and function the same in all current web browsers. As we develop a site, we will cross check it with modern browsers to ensure that the design remains consistent across the board. As technology changes, the companies that develop browsers upgrade their browsers to be able to handle these new standards, so we recommend you always keep your browser updated to the most current version. Some browsers you will typically use are Firefox, Safari, Opera, Chrome, and Internet Explorer. Personally, we prefer Safari and Chrome as the most user friendly and standards-compliant browsers.
Having said that, we’d like to take a moment to discuss our current stance on Internet Explorer 6 (IE6), Microsoft’s previous browser version. We have decided to no longer use this browser to do cross-browser checks on our website designs. It is over 8 years old, and has outdated technologies that no longer work with many of the cutting edge designs you see in websites today. It also has several security hole issues. It almost doubles our time currently to try and make a website work completely right in IE6. The usage of IE6 is diminishing, as more people upgrade to IE7 and IE8, but there is still a percentage of people that use the older version. We may take a quick glance at how sites look in IE6, to make sure that it is still navigable, but will not spend hours creating hacks or workarounds for issues that no other browser has a compatibility issue with.
If you are a client, and you must have your site completely perfect in IE6, we will charge extra to make it compatible. However, we strongly encourage everyone to use the newest browsers – there is a reason why the newer ones are better, and most of the time it costs nothing to upgrade. The technology in modern browsers enables us to use the most cutting edge, up-to-date design techniques.
Having said that, we strongly encourage you to not use Internet Explorer, if possible. Almost every other browser named above is better than IE, and are all free. Internet Explorer is quite outdated in technology (even IE8) behind other browsers. Of course for the end user, you don’t realize the lack of technology behind it as much as developers like us who spend every day fighting with the outdated technology it uses. There are lots of good reasons to switch.