When I started writing on this blog I thought to myself “don’t churn out loads of IE6 posts”, well, I let myself get a little indulgent and wrote one and since then one thought has occurred to me reading people’s anti IE6 comments and all the bring down IE6 websites. A lot of them have quite simply missed the point of the whole thing.
So you should really be asking who are you designing for? Are you designing for you and all your colleagues using Safari on the Mac or are you designing for the rest of the world? To reach as many people as possible?
According to Whistles’ Jane Sheperdson, ‘We spent a lot of time researching best practice online. We then threw out everything we had learned, and just designed something that pleased us visually.’
The title is possibly a little harsh but it again begs the question, who are you designing for? If you’re designing an eCommerce site then you should most certainly be designing for the customer!
The Whistles.co.uk site thankfully isn’t that bad, they have a rather unusual, slightly confusing homepage but once you get into the site it appears normal service is resumed, but can you really afford to just say sod you lot out their I’m designing for me?
As I’ve said before simply making everything accesible for people using IE6 will do (see Andy Clarke’s post http://forabeautifulweb.com/blog/about/universal_internet_explorer_6_css) but you really should remember that the internet isn’t all about you, it’s about the visitors to your site, the people who make everything tick.