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This site is best viewed with utter contempt

I’m not a designer by any means, though I have done both print and web design work over my career.  Though my CSS skillz don’t really get me any farther than changing a background colour or adding a border to a DIV, even I feel the absolute disdain that web designers have for Internet Explorer 6.

While browsing through some web design sites for inspiration, I came across what is possibly the best “Best viewed with” disclaimer I’ve ever seen on a site from Tyler Thompson of Squarespace:

Hi, if you are coming to this site via Internet Explorer 6, you might not be getting the best experience possible. Honestly, I can’t even begin to think about what your entire experience on the internet must be like? (…probably like riding a bike on the highway while cars blow by you on their way to Costco to get gallons of mayonnaise and 60-inch plasma TV’s). How will you ever be able to use this website?????? You wont. You’re an asshole and your browser is an asshole. So look, I’m going to be honest: I kind of hate you. BUT we c-a-n make this work. Here is what I am going to need you to do: fire up your Toshiba ShitBook© that weighs about 45 pounds, wipe the Cheeto dust off the screen, download Safari ( http://www.apple.com/safari/download/ ), delete Internet Explorer from your computer, punch yourself in the face, and get me a pulled pork sandwich.

I couldn’t have said it better.  If you’re still using IE6, you need to stop it.  Even my Dad uses Firefox.

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  1. I came across a site the other day where one of the pages – the feedback form – was only readable through either IE or Netscape Navigator. No Firefox. No Safari. Couldn't believe it, quite frankly.

  2. Bahaha, that’s awesome, was checking out your new design when I came across this post. Love it when people put those little messages in for people on IE6 (although I’m not sure why they’d suggest Safari to someone on Windows).