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sweetpea11
08-23-2011, 03:57 PM
I've searched and searched & searched some more... each site I find offers code that promises to be "the cure" for transparent PNG's on IE6. Each is more & more complicated than the last. It's starting to remind me of the medicine men of the Victorian age. You know the ones that promised to cure whatever ailed you with lemon water & cheap liquor? :wink:

I've tried using multiple "fixes" in hopes that two cures might work, but all that does is non-valiadate (is that a word) my code.

There's GOT to be a simple solution to transparent PNGs in IE6. HOPE CANNOT BE LOST!!

Corrosive
08-23-2011, 04:57 PM
The easiest cure is to forget about IE6 all together.

sweetpea11
08-23-2011, 05:02 PM
But people still use it. I can't just ignore it.

Corrosive
08-23-2011, 05:24 PM
But people still use it. I can't just ignore it.

Who still uses IE6?

sweetpea11
08-23-2011, 05:50 PM
If you look here (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Web_browser_usage_share_v2.svg) and here (http://www.w3schools.com/browsers/browsers_stats.asp), IE still has a large market share. If you look here (http://www.w3counter.com/globalstats.php) however, it is notably small. But, if you talk to my boss, that is small enough to care & the number is grossly inaccurate. =) I would have to agree that some of those numbers look a tad off.

DWcourse
08-23-2011, 05:52 PM
indeed you can ignore it but, if you have to, Google "ie6 transparent png fix"

there are a number of solutions

Corrosive
08-23-2011, 06:01 PM
If you look here (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Web_browser_usage_share_v2.svg) and here (http://www.w3schools.com/browsers/browsers_stats.asp), IE still has a large market share. If you look here (http://www.w3counter.com/globalstats.php) however, it is notably small. But, if you talk to my boss, that is small enough to care & the number is grossly inaccurate. =) I would have to agree that some of those numbers look a tad off.

Well, up to you what you believe from stats etc. It's only the last one that even mentions IE6 specifically and the first two are IE (6, 7, 8 & 9) market share so can't glean much from that.

Thing you have to consider are your own web visitors and Google Analytics will tell you that.

Anyhoo, if you are really going to worry about it then I've had this; http://labs.unitinteractive.com/unitpngfix.php working in the past.

edbr
08-24-2011, 03:22 AM
use the hack if needed but its really time to forget about ie6. even windows admit their folly with it, the market using it is small enough to be ignored many users of it are IMO using cracked copies and are used to getting substandard viewing due the the browser shipped with dodgy xp copies or corporate users who backed the wrong horse and feel the world must suffer because they did and would cost them too much too change, however they must expect substandard viewing .

DWcourse
08-24-2011, 04:50 AM
Take a look at Microsoft's own numbers: http://www.ie6countdown.com/

domedia
08-24-2011, 04:53 AM
But people still use it. I can't just ignore it.

If designing for IE6 is important then don't use transparent PNG's. imho

edbr
08-24-2011, 06:04 AM
http://css3pie.com/ best hack ive seen if you must

Ricky55
08-26-2011, 01:35 PM
I totally agree with Corrosive on this just don't design for IE6.

IE6 users to my sites only get a text version of the site, they don't even get images.

The truth is you can jump through rings to get things working in IE6 and I've yet to use a PNG fix that doesn't have some other negative knock on effect, such as it messing with positioning of background images etc.

I state in my quotes that I only support down to IE7. If a client knows via their own stats that they have a reasonably high IE6 user base then I will support it but I charge extra to do this.

To try to get a website to look exactly the same in every browser is almost impossible and completely foolhardy IMO.

If you really must support IE6 just leave your PNGs just don't worry about the transparency in IE6. As long as the site isn't broken you've nothing to worry about.

Corrosive
08-26-2011, 02:52 PM
IE6 users to my sites only get a text version of the site, they don't even get images.



I roundly applaud you sir. Let's not even give it the time of day.