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CSS hack for IE5.5 and IE6 - would like to remove it

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Last Modified: 2012-05-12
I would like to remove a hack in our website that we have had in for probably 8 years. This is part of a "clean-up" project that will also get validated HTML and CSS.

The hack is to support IE5.5 and IE6. In looking at our weblogs and Google Analytics, I see that there are still a very small number of hits coming in from such browsers. But I suspect they are not from real users.

In any case, this hack did work for us and made it possible to have our page layouts work on those bad boys.

Here is the CSS:

 
/* min-width hack - http://www.cssplay.co.uk/boxes/minwidth.html*/
/* for all browsers that understand min-width */
/* .width {position:relative; width:100%; min-width:867px;} */
/* change to 1000px to accomodate "Send Feedback" and other things */

.width {position:relative; width:100%; min-width:1000px;}
.container {display:block; color:#000;}

* html .width {border-right:860px solid #fff;}
* html .container {display:inline-block; position:relative; margin-right:-860px;}

#content {
	text-align:left;
}

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Here is the relevant HTML:

 
<div class="width">
  <div class="container">
	<div id="content">

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These divs are nearly at the top of the body section.

My intent would be first to comment out the CSS, and let it run for a while. If there are no complaints after a month or so, then just remove the divs and the related CSS.

Any comments on why this would be a bad idea, other than "it ain't broke, so don't fix?"
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