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Arran Ross-Paterson
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Make things on the internet & small screen. I have a passion for semantic pies and accessible cocktails.
Make things on the internet & small screen. I have a passion for semantic pies and accessible cocktails.

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When we talk about supporting legacy browsers typically we use language which is all or nothing. "Yes, we support IE7." But in reality, we all employ techniques of support that span a wide range. This seems to capture the different levels of support I normally see:

a) never looked at my site in it (e.g. IE7), don't care
b) i gave it some fallback styling that should help ever so little, but beyond that i've forgotten it.
c) i have defined a lo-fi experience for it (like Print Edition) and make sure it's decent, even in its lo-fi state
d) it gets some "medium" experience.. like it keeps background images, and general sense of layout. some features of the site are just not presented to this browser's users, as i follow the recommendations from html5please.com
e) i designed my site so all functionality is equivalent everywhere. visually things may degrade. i have square corners in ie7.
f) i make it all look the same. i have round corners in ie7. everything is "the same" and my site takes 20sec to load.

I'm interested in codifying the language around these so we can talk about our legacy browser support more precisely.

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