We had a meeting at work this afternoon and decided to drop product support for release 4 browsers! I'm so happy. If you do browser-based software, you should give this serious consideration too; it buys you a lot and doesn't cost very much.
The essay earlier today comes out of the research that went into this decision. If you make the decision to drop release four browsers, the following good things happen:
Of course, there's no free lunch. You pay the price that people still running Netscape 4.* can't use you. Four years ago, that would have been intolerable. Two years ago, it would have been somewhat painful. Today, it's not an issue.
Heh-heh, every software company has a few modules that cause
nose-wrinkling and head-shaking.
Let me speak out of school a bit and say
that at Antarctica, one of them is called
asi2D.c, and it has
the browser-sniffing and control flow that lives inside Apache and marshals
for our maps in a way that comes out looking
not-too bad on all those browsers.
I originally wrote it in a hurry and it's been re-re-re-rewritten with only
modest refactoring, and well... here be dragons.
But as of today, we're gonna slay a few of 'em.