My dearest IE,

Yo, dude.

Dear Internet Explorer,

Over the last eleven years our relationship has been, well, rocky. IE6 has caused daily problems, requiring extra style sheets and conditional content to handle its idiosyncratic, disgraceful ungraceful rendering of code. IE7 and IE8 — while steps in the right direction — didn’t heal the damage IE6 had already done.  

Today, as I installed IE9 to test our clients’ existing sites, I was wary. Was it going to be more of the same? How much time would be devoted to fixing bugs that were specific to IE9? Clockwork is proud of its standards-based philosophy, and we work hard to ensure our websites look good across all browsers, but we’re tired of creating workaround after workaround for each new browser that’s released. Enough is enough!

Once the IE9 install was complete, my testing began. I smiled as I saw that the hard work we’ve both done in the past year has finally paid off. IE9 is leaps and bounds ahead of anything you’ve previously released. In fact, the only reason I have time to write this letter is because I’m not off fixing IE9 bugs!

As I write this, I can feel the healing process begin. I can tell that your attitude has changed over the past year. I’m reassured by steps you’ve taken to distance yourself from IE6 (like sending flowers to its funeral and creating the IE6 Countdown to encourage people to upgrade). With the release of IE9, I can tell that you’re really serious about moving forward.

There’s still more to be done, but your hard work has not gone unnoticed and I promise to do my part. 

Congrats on IE9.