Thursday, November 2nd, 2006
Over at Etre.com they did some analysis on the impact of the IE7 release and whether “the web was ready for it”.
On Friday 20th October – just two days after IE7 was released – we kicked off a short internal study. We fired up two machines and compared the homepages of all one hundred FTSE 100 companies in both IE6 and IE7. Were these companies ready for IE7? Were their sites bent badly out of shape? Or has this all been a big fuss over nothing? (Y2K bug anybody?)
Thirteen of the FTSE 100 homepages that we tested were broken in IE7 – although not significantly so. Problems ranged from warped page layouts (Alliance and Leicester) to small presentation glitches (Hanson).
It’s worth pointing out however that the general lack of adherence to web standards amongst the FTSE 100 companies may have insulated them somewhat from IE7’s various bugs and glitches (IE7 tends to struggle most with standards-compliant sites – particularly those using hacks and filters to achieve decent presentation in IE6). Given that most sites aren’t standards-compliant however, we think our results are pretty representative.
Generalising our findings to the internet as a whole – which is admittedly of dubious meaning and therefore should be taken with a pinch of salt – suggests that there are around 12.7 million websites in need of a little TLC as a result of the introduction of IE7.
The scary part is the mention of standards. The last thing we want is for people to stay away from standards compliant behaviour.
Anecdotally, I have been pleased with how IE 7 has rendered my recent projects. There were a few parts of some design on my last project that started to work perfectly in IE 7, so no hacks were needed.
Posted by Dion Almaer at 9:02 am