Hello, I’m a web craftsman with a passion for the modern web. I build web applications and play with social services and communities.
My social networking site the-reality.net will stop supporting IE6 soon. That’s what the 6.4% visitors with IE6 will be informed about from now on when they enter the website.
I made the decision today while developing the new version of TR which makes heavy use of modern techniques. Until now I was testing IE6 here and then and made it compatible to the most important parts of the website. But especially the features I have been working on recently just gave me too much of a headache to keep IE6 support up. Also it’s getting harder and harder to even find a machine running IE6 for test purposes. That’s good news actually and works hand in hand with the decision to stop IE6 support.
OK, actually there will be still a bit of support. As I said I made most parts compatible until today so they will stay compatible as long as possible. But when the next change comes to those parts I won’t even think of IE6 anymore! And I have been waiting for this moment for years!
Especially for social networks it is hard to stop IE6 support since they have naturally more non-techy people visiting and when I started developing TR v4 in 2007 (OMG did I really start that long ago and didn’t get it live yet?) there was still a big percentage visiting with this old, never-dieing monster!
So after all I’m really excited and happy about this decision and can’t wait to remove the last bits and pieces of IE6 hacks and patches from the source code in the next couple of months….or maybe years.
I pushed a little design update to my social web community 3 weeks ago and wanted to post it here since then. The update included a reworked main header of the page as well as a different design for the evening hours with a beautiful sunset. Late at night a pretty sky full of stars appears for the joy of late visitors.
But since it took me so long to post the headers here I decided to include other special headers a well. Winter, Christmas and Valentin Day to be precise. The current version of the-reality.net (v3) is quite old and it’s rather unlikely that there will be other headers before the release of the next major update.
I decided to give the-reality.net it’s own design for valentine’s day. It’s not 100% a own design because it is based on the winter look. But this is the first time ever TR appears in a changed look for Valentine’s Day. Usually the first special design after the winter is a eastern design (even if it was skipped last year and might not appear this year due to work on TR v4.0).