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Opened 15 months ago

Last modified 3 months ago

#48743 accepted defect (bug)

Updating BrowseHappy dashboard notice to discourage IE11 usage

Reported by: youknowriad Owned by: sabernhardt
Milestone: Future Release Priority: normal
Severity: normal Version:
Component: Administration Keywords: has-screenshots has-patch needs-refresh
Focuses: ui, accessibility, ui-copy Cc:


For PHP upgrades, nudging users to update their PHP version proved to be successful.

Maintainability cost of IE11 (In terms of time, bundle size and a lot more) is very high and IE11 is approaching the 1% threshold in its usage worldwide https://caniuse.com/usage-table

I think we should consider adding a notice to discourage its usage.

Attachments (4)

ie11 dashboard nag.png (132.4 KB) - added by afercia 13 months ago.
browse-happy-ie-message.png (16.5 KB) - added by sabernhardt 10 months ago.
48743.diff (3.0 KB) - added by sabernhardt 10 months ago.
48743.unlinked-ie-logo.diff (3.2 KB) - added by sabernhardt 10 months ago.
option: unlinking the IE logo

Download all attachments as: .zip

Change History (15)

#1 @johnbillion
15 months ago

This sounds like it should be a meta ticket to add a message to Browse Happy that shows up to IE11 users. See wp_dashboard_browser_nag().

#2 @youknowriad
15 months ago

@johnbillion I created this https://meta.trac.wordpress.org/ticket/4863 should we close this one?

#3 @SergeyBiryukov
15 months ago

  • Milestone Awaiting Review deleted
  • Resolution set to reported-upstream
  • Status changed from new to closed

#4 @afercia
13 months ago

  • Component changed from Site Health to Administration
  • Focuses ui added; javascript css removed
  • Keywords needs-patch has-screenshots added
  • Milestone set to 5.4
  • Resolution reported-upstream deleted
  • Status changed from closed to reopened

Now that the browsehappy API has been updated (see https://meta.trac.wordpress.org/ticket/4863) the dashboard notice "nag" will be displayed to Internet Explorer 11 users. See attached screenshot.

The notice message needs to be updated as it still refers to:

  • "you're using an insecure version of Internet Explorer"
  • "Update Internet Explorer"

This ticket was mentioned in Slack in #core by david.baumwald. View the logs.

13 months ago

#6 @davidbaumwald
13 months ago

  • Milestone changed from 5.4 to Future Release

This ticket still needs a decision and possible patch, and with 5.4 Beta 1 landing today, this is being moved to Future Release. If any maintainer or committer feels this can be included in 5.4 or wishes to assume ownership during a specific cycle, feel free to update the milestone accordingly.

#7 @netweb
11 months ago

Related: #49696 Define guidelines for minimum IE support

#8 @afercia
11 months ago

  • Summary changed from Consider adding a notice do discourage IE11 usage to Consider adding a notice to discourage IE11 usage

10 months ago

10 months ago

option: unlinking the IE logo

#9 @sabernhardt
10 months ago

  • Keywords has-patch needs-testing added; needs-patch removed

48743.diff simplifies the message for Internet Explorer. While editing this, I also inserted the browser name as alt text for each linked logo image.

It may be worth removing the link from the IE logo with 48743.unlinked-ie-logo.diff, leaving an empty alt attribute for IE only. The linked downloads page highly recommends switching to Edge, though the page is still technically for downloading IE.

Last edited 8 months ago by sabernhardt (previous) (diff)

#10 @sabernhardt
6 months ago

  • Focuses accessibility ui-copy added
  • Keywords needs-refresh added; needs-testing removed

At least the @since note will need updating, and I also added the ui-copy keyword if someone wants to improve the messaging.

In addition to editing the message for Internet Explorer users, any other linked browser icon image needs alt text.

#11 @sabernhardt
3 months ago

  • Owner set to sabernhardt
  • Status changed from reopened to accepted
  • Summary changed from Consider adding a notice to discourage IE11 usage to Updating BrowseHappy dashboard notice to discourage IE11 usage
  • Type changed from feature request to defect (bug)

Because this includes correcting the current notice for IE users (see #comment:4), I revised the ticket summary and type.

The message would need more editing (emphasizing "If you can use another browser, please do").

Also, once there's feedback on whether to keep the IE logo link, these styles should be added to the preferred patch:

.browser-insecure .postbox-header {border-color: transparent;}
.browser-insecure .browser-icon a {display: block;}
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