These forums now crash IE8 whenever I type....

Started Oct 13, 2012 | Discussions thread
kkardster Veteran Member • Posts: 9,138
Re: These forums now crash IE8 whenever I type....

Simon Joinson wrote:

kkardster wrote:

IE8 is still one of the most-used browsers in the world and it's ridiculous that DPR chose not to support it.  All the IE8 bashers are just lucky that they have the luxury of upgrading to IE9 or loading some other browser.  Many of us use company laptops that are locked down and don't allow us the same luxury.  [I do have a home computer running Win7/IE9, but I don't take it on the airplane with me for my job.]

Don't you think we should be past the "update your browser to fix our problems" stage at this point in the internet?  It's no longer in its infancy and we shouldn't all have to change its diapers any more.  Heck, this site is really just a simple blogging system that shouldn't require Win7/IE9.  I guess I'm lucky to have the "luxury" that IE8 doesn't crash for me - I just have to wait several minutes for some script to time out before I can complete any post.  [I've had three such "timeouts" writing this post.]

As i pointed out earlier IE8 represents less than 7% of our visits, so 'still one of the most used browsers' is, for us, not technically true. That said, we're working on adding the extra code necessary to overcome the issues faced with supporting older versions of IE.

And to answer your question, no. The "update your browser to fix our problems" - in other words support for older, less compliant browsers - will get worse, not better.


My "question" regarding the internet was just a general "why do we still have to do this" remark and not really a question looking for an answer - thanks for at least entertaining it!  My point was that there's nothing in DPR that would appear [to me] to require the latest OS and browser or could not have been done years ago with now ancient browser versions.  Even the new forum editor is not any different than what many web-based email systems have offered for some time.  [I understand that the underlying software platform may require more modern tools which can be a limiting factor.]

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