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Internet Explorer 6: Hard To Kill
Written by Daniel   
Monday, 10 May 2010 18:09

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Panels at the Web 2.0 Expo agree that ongoing use of IE6 is holding back Web
For all the fireworks between Apple and Adobe over Flash and HTML5, the leading browser makers face a more pressing problem: Putting Internet Explorer 6 out of its misery.
Despite a funeral held for IE6 in March, rumors of the hoary browser's demise to be greatly exaggerated.

 



At the Web 2.0 Expo in San Francisco on Wednesday, Palm engineers Dion Almaer and Ben Galbraith -- now part of HP -- moderated a panel discussion populated by representatives of the major browser makers, except for Apple.

During the talk, Google's Alex Russell, Mozilla's Brendan Eich, Opera's Charles McCathieNevile, Microsoft's Giorgio Sardo, and JSON creator Douglas Crockford, held forth on where the Web is going.

While there's not yet a consensus on the future of the Web, the panelists agreed that moving ahead is being made more difficult as a result of the ongoing use of IE6.

Almaer referred to Microsoft's outdated browser as "an anchor around our necks."

The tone among the browser engineers was cordial, even laudatory toward Microsoft's eight-year-old browser. It was innovative in its day, they said, but now it's holding back the Web because it doesn't support HTML5.

Sardo took the opportunity to note that Microsoft that morning had made the second preview of Internet Explorer 9 available.

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