In the battle against IE6, the tricks are getting dirty
The gloves are off. For some time now, the push to do away with the pains of developing for IE6 has been getting more aggressive. With companies dropping support, campaigns such as Bring Down IE 6 and IE Death March, it would seem IE6's days are numbered. Now, the tactics get more devious with IE6 Update.
IE6 Update is like most of the anti-IE6 scripts out. It delivers a helpful message to encourage IE6 users to update, linking them directly to where they can do so. However, the sneaky part of this script is it displays the message as if it was a built-in IE6 message. These messages are often used to alert users to missing ActiveX plug-ins, and fresh installs of IE will use the same message style to notify the user of things like turning on and off auto-complete or the use of a security certificate.
It's a clever idea and it may be enough to sway users to upgrade, possibly because they will believe it is absolutely necessary even though that is not completely true. While I don't agree 100% of this tactic, it could help to diminish the IE6 user count even further. I am far from alone in thinking that is a good thing ;)
Scripts that encourage IE6 users to update, or even scripts and css rules that change a page to a lo-fi version, are not new. Each provide subtle, or not so subtle, nudge to users of this ancient browser to either get IE7/8 or even switch to Firefox, Safari or Opera.
I don't support IE6 on my own site, as I said in my previous post, and since I don't get a large amount of IE6 traffic I don't see the need in adding one of these scripts here on akamike. However, I support most movements that push to get rid of that pain-in-the-ass browser that has plagued our industry for so long.