As I move into the redesign of VolState.edu redesign, I'm using Dean Edwards IE7.js to get older versions of IE to behave almost like IE7. This means people using older versions of IE with scripting disabled will get a sub-par experience. I'll do my best to allow for graceful degradation, but things will probably look noticeably "off".
I'd like to offer a quick paragraph explaining why things look odd and take the opportunity to gently encourage them to upgrade to a modern browser, displayed only for those users who need to see it, like the old WASP Browser Upgrade Campaign. If that modern browser happens to be IE7, at least that's an improvement over previous versions of IE. I figure not providing a plug for IE7 in some way will result in an overall lower conversion rate. We're also dealing with a population that already use Microsoft products and may be paranoid about security (if you'll allow me the luxury of stereotyping people based on their browser settings). Sending them somewhere like GetFirefox.com may just get me dismissed as a “fanboy” or “cultist”.
I figure my options are:
- Link to the IE7 download page and be done with it.
- Link to both the IE7 download page and Browse Happy.
- Link to Save the Developers and let the various browsers fight it out there.
In the absence of any scientifically reliable data, let's make something up!
Ok, let's at least make something up in a range. We'll use 2% as our lower bound and 35% (the highest claim I've found so far) as our upper bound. That would mean somewhere between 0.8% and 13.3% of our visitors fall into the category I'm dealing with. Anything below 1% might not be worth troubling myself over, but anything that exceeds 10% certain is. I have now used fuzzy math to justify taking the time to write this post.