Progressive Enhancement: What It Is & How To Use It

There’s plenty of controversy between developers about whether or not we should continue to support IE6, especially with the addition of CSS3 and HTML5.

However, no matter what side of the IE6 fence you’re on, you should understand that a website cannot, and should not, look exactly the same in every browser.

Why is this? Not every browser can support every piece of technology out there, so the developer must then decide between two scenarios:

  • Do we limit our website’s potential in order to make it work in older browsers?
  • Do we use progressive enhancement so our sites look and work the best in modern browsers, but still usable in older browsers?

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