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Internet explorer 6 issues

Internet explorer 6 is now 9 years old, and although unfortunately still popular in some hospitals (who are notoriously slow at upgrading software). As a browser it is not aging well. 

Not only does it not have many of the features that we have come to expect from browsers today, but more importantly it requires a disproportionate amount of effort when developing features: much time is spent in coaxing it into behaving. 

As the number of users accessing Radiopaedia.org with ie6 drops, we have decided to spend the time and energy previously wasted on ie6 specific code and testing, on new features instead. We don't feel so bad doing this, now that even Google no longer supports ie6

So what should you do if your hospital runs only ie6? Here are a few suggestions:

  1. give your IT department a call, or write them an email suggesting they upgrade to a newer and more secure browser
  2. upgrade to internet explorer  8 
  3. install a second browser (this may not work depending on your user privileges) 
    1. Google chrome
    2. Firefox
  4. use a portable browser: these are great. They do not need to be installed in the usual way and will simply run out of a folder which can either live on a USB flash drive, or on the computer somewhere
    1. Google chrome portable
    2. Firefox portable

We are sorry if this causes any problems, but believe us, in the long run you will be glad you made the change. 

Frank Gaillard


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