NovoGeek's Blog (Archive)

Technical insights of a web geek

Twitter initiated war to kill IE6 !!

All that started with a simple tweet by a Norwegian developer Erlend Schei. He came up with an idea to display an "Upgrade" message on IE6 browsers for his websites and suddenly, all major websites of Norway adopted it, thereby declaring a war on IE6. According to, even Microsoft is supporting the campaign.

Here is a fast spreading code, appearing on the internet, to support the campaign. This conditional code when included in our sites, appears as a message at the top when the site is opened in IE6 .
<title>No IE6 campaign!</title>
<!--[if lte IE 6]>
<style type="text/css">
#ie6msg{border:3px solid lightblue; margin:8px 0; background:AliceBlue; color:#000;font-family:Verdana;font-size:smaller}
#ie6msg h4{margin:8px; padding:0;}
#ie6msg p{margin:8px; padding:0;}
#ie6msg p a.getie7{font-weight:bold; color:#006;}
#ie6msg p a.ie6expl{font-weight:normal; color:#006;}
<div id="ie6msg" >
<h4>Did you know that your browser is out of date?</h4>
<p>You are using Internet Explorer 6. To get the best possible experience using our website we recommend that you upgrade your browser to a newer version. The latest version is <a class="getie7" href="">Internet Explorer 7</a>. You may also try <a class="getie7" href="">Internet Explorer 8</a> which is available as a beta. The upgrade is free. If you're using a PC at work you should contact your IT-administrator.</p>
<p>You may also try other popular Internet browsers like <a class="ie6expl" href="">Opera</a>, <a class="ie6expl" href="">Firefox</a> or <a class="ie6expl" href="">Safari</a></p>

Feel free to tweak it & use it.
In the world of browser compatibility problems, I think it's time for all of us to support this movement and reduce some pain to the developer as well as the customer...
Update(10th March, 2009):
The current BlogEngine theme itself looks distorted in IE6, as pointed out by one of my seniors'. So added the above code to my blog. You will get the above message when you open my blog in IE6 :)
Comments are closed