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Concern I have with a website we're having developed for us and it looks like absolute crap in IE7. I appreciate that IE7 is very old and due to be EOL next year but we've also had issues with the site being displayed "ie7 style" due to compatibility mode being enabled on IE11.
Is this something you'd expect the website developers to work around or should we just accept that users using IE7 or IE11 with compatibility mode are going to be out of luck when viewing the site?
As painful as it is to say, a developer should always do their best in making sure the site runs and looks as intended for all audiences.
That being said, if aesthetics is not process critical in regards to the functionality or use of the site (say, a portal to a data entry system on an intraweb, which let's be honest, would cover just about any user that happens to be forced to use such an old IE) then you can make an argument to your boss that the manpower and cost can best be spent elsewhere.
I suppose it all just depends on the site and what's trying to be accomplished with the site. In the aforementioned scenario I wouldn't bother, but if the site is catered at all towards art or design, or if it's trying to sell something in an e-commerce fashion, then professionally it would look cheap that one couldn't be bothered to retrofit to a *somewhat* dated browser audience
I say design to fully up to date browsers and if the site breaks in old browsers, just toss in a box telling the person to get off their ass and update because their outdated crap is a threat to themselves and everyone else on the internet.
What senses do we lack that we cannot see and cannot hear another world all around us? -Dune