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Opened 6 months ago

Last modified 3 weeks ago

#48743 reopened feature request

Consider adding a notice to discourage IE11 usage

Reported by: youknowriad Owned by:
Milestone: Future Release Priority: normal
Severity: normal Version:
Component: Administration Keywords: has-screenshots has-patch needs-testing
Focuses: ui 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 4 months ago.
browse-happy-ie-message.png (16.5 KB) - added by sabernhardt 3 weeks ago.
48743.diff (3.0 KB) - added by sabernhardt 3 weeks ago.
48743.unlinked-ie-logo.diff (3.2 KB) - added by sabernhardt 3 weeks ago.
option: unlinking the IE logo

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Change History (13)

#1 @johnbillion
6 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
6 months ago

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

#3 @SergeyBiryukov
6 months ago

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

#4 @afercia
4 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.

4 months ago

#6 @davidbaumwald
3 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
2 months ago

Related: #49696 Define guidelines for minimum IE support

#8 @afercia
2 months ago

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

3 weeks ago

3 weeks ago

option: unlinking the IE logo

#9 @sabernhardt
3 weeks 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, leaving that specific logo with an empty alt attribute. Its downloads page highly recommends switching to Edge, but the page is still technically for downloading IE.

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