According to W3Counter.com, Internet Explorer (IE) is still the most popular browser on the Internet holding 43.3% of the global market share. However, as many web developers are well aware, developing web pages for Internet Explorer, particularly older versions dating back to IE 6, can be challenging. This is due in part to the Trident rendering engine used in IE and it generally not rending open web technologies properly. Web developers have to code lengthy workarounds specific to the IE environment to ensure a page will load in a similar fashion across all of the major internet browsers. That is, until now.
To use the plug-in, web developers simply add a single tag to the page to detect whether or not the user has the Google Chrome Frame plug-in installed. If it is not installed, the users can be directed to the installation page to install the plug-in which installs just like any other third party plug-in (Adobe Flash, Adobe Shockwave, etc.) If the tag detects the plug-in is installed, the Google Chrome WebKit rendering engine begins rendering pages automatically.
While it is generally accepted in the web development community that IE 6 should be sunset because of its noncompliance with today’s development technologies, it’s an obvious fact that this won’t happen anytime soon. Using Google’s Chrome Frame can solve many problems a web developer will face when developing for IE which will lead to a more positive user experience.
Have you used Google’s Chrome Frame in your web development projects? Do you plan to in the future?