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 '11 at 7:15
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    I'll tell you what is odd... IE on OSX. – user1228 Sep 20 '11 at 13:28
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    It's not officially a FAQ, but see Which browsers are officially supported? – Pops Sep 20 '11 at 14:13
  • +1 for TIL factor. – Andrew Grimm Aug 10 '14 at 9:34

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 '11 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. – Piskvor left the building Sep 20 '11 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 '11 at 8:06
  • @Manjot SO has an list of officially supported browsers here: meta.stackexchange.com/questions/56161/… – gnat Sep 20 '11 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 '11 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. – BinaryMisfit Sep 20 '11 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 '11 at 13:29

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