FINN.no, which calls itself Norway’s biggest online market place, has started a campaign against IE6. In their press release (.PDF) about the campaign, they emphasize it is not an anti-Microsoft campaign:
Nothing against MicrosoftOf course, even IE7 doesn't follow those standards to the letter. And when IE8, which purports to be standards-compliant (finally), it has to include a list of non-compliant sites and an IE7 emulation mode to keep sites from failing.
- This is not a campaign against Internet Explorer. We only want people to upgrade their web browser to a newer version. The problem with IE6 is that it does not quite follow the standard rules for how it should present the contents on a web page. It also has some security issues, says Erlend Schei, web developer at FINN.
Further in the press release, FINN.no said they started it all with a suggestion to users to upgrade on Twitter, and then placed a suggestion on their home page, which was then followed by a large number of other Norwegian net media doing the same.
There's even a Facebook page dedicated to an "IE6 Warning Campaign." FINN means "find," apparently, so let's hope they "find" a solution to this soon. Perhaps something as simple (but rather draconian) as redirecting IE6 users to a page that will help them upgrade to IE7?
Naturally, that would go over like a lead balloon, but IE6 is approaching 8 years old; it's time to ditch it.