The issues with old browsers
Posted 13 July 2012
As web design progresses at a breakneck pace, there is something that website designers need to take into consideration and that is the older web browsers. Many people are still using desktop browsers to access the internet and apps. At the moment Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer are the most commonly used browsers. For IE in particular, there are older versions that are still out there and some internet users are continuing to use the older versions, but these can be slower and less able to handle some of the latest developments in web design.
Even the latest version of IE does not automatically update like some of the other browsers and it was launched over a year ago, so it is not keeping pace with browsers such as Chrome and Firefox, which are automatically launching new features regularly. As time goes on IE9 is not competing with the others effectively.
For web designers this is an issue if the web design they are working on requires some complex features. An example is a brief list of some of the features that IE8 will not support. These include border-radius, CSS transforms and Crossorigin Resource Sharing. While internet users are still making use of these older versions, some web designers may be reluctant to include more complex features in their work in order not to exclude these users. As a result, web design may not be progressing as quickly as it should.
Web designers are now considered to be professional artists in some circles and they need the ability to innovate and develop the internet. For some internet users the answer is to use other browsers and this will encourage the development that is needed, but there are also features such as Chrome Frame that will help IE to work in the same way that Chrome does.