Stack Overflow looks strange in Internet Explorer on Mac OS X. The top bar is displayed as a wide sidebar.

top bar is displayed as wide sidebar

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    Actually looks rather decent for a browser that wasn't even compatible with IE6...
    – Shog9
    Sep 20, 2011 at 7:15
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    I'll tell you what is odd... IE on OSX.
    – user1228
    Sep 20, 2011 at 13:28
  • 1
    It's not officially a FAQ, but see Which browsers are officially supported?
    – Pops
    Sep 20, 2011 at 14:13

2 Answers 2


IE on Mac is way too old. From Wikipedia:

On June 13, 2003, Microsoft announced that it was ceasing further development of Internet Explorer for Mac and the final update was released on July 11, 2003

IE was never known for compliance with standards (HTML, CSS, ...). You can't expect a web page to work with an eight year old broken browser.


Considering that IE for MacOSX has been discontinued in favor of Safari when it was released, I highly doubt that this is truly a bug. There is most likely only about 1% of users world wide that still use it?

  • There should be alert for incompatible browser something like that.
    – Manjot
    Sep 20, 2011 at 7:18
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    @Manjot: The page looking all weird and broken is not an alert enough? I fail to believe that it's only SO (and no other site on the net) that looks broken in that browser. Sep 20, 2011 at 7:58
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    @Piskvor'sSemifiniteMonkeys Other sites show incompatible error and guide user that Site supports Chrome,Firefox,Safari,IE etc.
    – Manjot
    Sep 20, 2011 at 8:06
  • @Manjot SO has an list of officially supported browsers here: meta.stackexchange.com/questions/56161/…
    – gnat
    Sep 20, 2011 at 9:35
  • @gnat I am saying either show an alert or this link over there instead of showing incorrect thing.It doesn't look good.
    – Manjot
    Sep 20, 2011 at 10:27
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    @Manjot Why? This is the first time in the 3 years that the site exists that someone actually brought up IE for the Mac. Even Microsoft doesn't support it, nor do they show message when you visit their sites? Seriously? There is a list of supported browsers, if your using one that no one supports, then you have to accept things are not going to work, and use a browser that does. Sep 20, 2011 at 10:31
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    Why doesn't StackOverflow tell me that it looks awful when I copy the source and view it in Notepad? I mean, how lazy are you basterds?
    – user1228
    Sep 20, 2011 at 13:29

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