Do you still need IE8 support in JPDF2HTML5?

It is now 2017 and we are once again asking ourselves if it is now time to drop support for IE8 in JPDF2HTML5?

The answer to this question for us lies with our customers – do they need support for IE8?

So, if you still require support for IE8, please let us know!

What would it mean for the product?

We would remove the following Text Modes:

  • – svg_realtext_with_ie8fallback
  • – svg_shapetext_nonselectable_with_ie8fallback
  • – image_realtext_with_ie8fallback
  • – image_shapetext_nonselectable_with_ie8fallback

We would remove EOT from the list of available font types we generate.

We would remove any IE8 specific code (such as the conditional IE8 JavaScript) included in every page).

What would it mean for us?

We would be able to remove a lot of complexity from the code base that deals exclusively with supporting IE8. This would make it easier and faster to work on JPDF2HTML5 to make improvements and add to new features.

What would it mean for you?

You would benefit from simpler output and our ability to iterate faster.

 

Of the users that visit our websites, less than 0.1% are still using IE8. We think it’s now time.

Subject to your feedback, our plan is to deprecate our IE8 support in the next release and then to remove the features later in the year.

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Leon is a developer at IDRsolutions and product manager for JPDF2HTML5. He is responsible for managing the JPDF2HTML5 product strategy and roadmap, and also spends a lot of his time writing code to build new features, improve functionality, fix bugs, and improve the testing for JPDF2HTML5.
Leon Atherton

About Leon Atherton

Leon is a developer at IDRsolutions and product manager for JPDF2HTML5. He is responsible for managing the JPDF2HTML5 product strategy and roadmap, and also spends a lot of his time writing code to build new features, improve functionality, fix bugs, and improve the testing for JPDF2HTML5.

2 thoughts on “Do you still need IE8 support in JPDF2HTML5?

  1. Zach

    According to caniuse.com global usage of IE8 is around .4%. Our own web traffic is slightly less than that. Our company would be fine with it not being supported. If it means you can develop new features more quickly than I would be in favor of dropping support for IE8.

    • Thanks for the comment Zach.

      When we made a major update to the IDRViewer in July 2016 we took the decision to drop support for IE8 and it has been fantastic how much easier things get when you do not need to worry about IE8. Of course there are still variations between browsers so not all the fun is lost…

      I think the overall stats for IE8 may be skewed slightly because it is still quite popular in China (about 3%).

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