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Snippet: A Conspiracy to Kill IE6 ☇

Shared on May 4, 2019

Chris Zacharias with an incredible story:

The bittersweet consequence of YouTube’s incredible growth is that so many stories will be lost underneath all of the layers of new paint. This is why I wanted to tell the story of how, ten years ago, a small team of web developers conspired to kill IE6 from inside YouTube and got away with it.

I was all in on Safari on the Mac from day one, typically using Camino, Firefox, and later Chrome as backups. However, I had to often test this site on various versions of Internet Explorer and IE6 was always difficult long after the world moved on to IE8. The market has moved on and this group of YouTube employees probably helped put the final nail in the coffin. I especially loved the interaction with the Google Docs team.

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