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Posted on February 03rd, 2010 0 Comments

Internet Explorer Voodoo Doll Giveaway

IE6 Boo

To celebrate my decision to drop IE 6 support, I decided to make and give away a few IE voodoo dolls. I followed Teresa Watts’ tutorial and made five. 

Dropping IE6 support was one of the best things I could have done. Now, my clients need to ask explicitly for their site to look in IE6, as it does in other browsers.

I sent out a letter to all my clients letting them of my new policy regarding Internet Explorer 6. None of them complained or even brought up the issue. They simply accepted the fact that it was time to move on. Only one of them had any real need to worry about it since more than 10% of their traffic was using IE6, but because they have been clients of mine for several years I support IE6 by default for them.

My New Policy

I charge a minimum of 5 hours and bill at my regular hourly rate for any time spent on IE6. I also make sure to bill IE6 support as a separate line item on my invoices. For new clients, I wrote a similar letter that describes my policy regarding IE6 and include it along with my Standard Project Agreement.

IE6 is a productivity killer for developers and in my opinion, clients should know that if they want support for this dinosaur, they’re going to have to pay for it.

Here is the letter I sent my clients. If anyone is interested in doing the same, feel free to download it and use it as a starting point for writing your own.

The Giveaway

Enough chit-chat! On with the good stuff. Just comment below to win one of these bad boys. I’ll randomly choose 5 winners by the end of the week.

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