JavaScript Fun

Aug1307Aug 13, 07

So it's morning. I am preparing myself for an elongated day at work, when I realize there's something I have overlooked in a few snippets of JavaScript I have written (and used) over the last little while. I forgot about IE:Mac.

I know what you are all thinking- "oh, well why are people still using these scripts?". The short and sweet answer is that IE:Mac doesn't matter. According to TheCounter.com's browser stats for June and July (so far), IE in general is on the decline. IE:Mac gets lumped in with IE 5.x, IE 4.x and IE 3.x where IE 5.x includes IE 5.5 for Windows, which is the default web browser in Windows XP, thus accounting for nearly all of the IE 5.x category. All this means is IE:Mac is dead.

The absolute extent of what I would do (if requested) would be to include a browser detect that redirects the IE:Mac users to a page where a modern browser can be downloaded (ahem... mozilla.com).

Again, I will read your mind- "What about that 0.5% of users? What ever will they do?". I am currently working on a Macintosh computer. Being that it is an Intel based machine, IE:Mac would not run natively, let alone execute JavaScript. IE:Mac was discontinued in 2002 and the average user could not actually install the application on their new MacIntel, thus I simply refuse to waste time coding for a non-existent browser. What about that 0.5% of users? Get a web browser.

About Jason Miller:

I am a JavaScript developer from Waterloo, Ontario, Canada. When I am not typing green code onto a black screen, you might find me at the nearest coffee pub checking out the brew. I run a internet firm called developIT and maintain blogs and web apps when I can.