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Graceless Degradation


Graceless Degradation checks to see if the current browser is MSIE 6. If it’s not, it does nothing. If it is, it injects CSS and JavaScript into the page that:

  • Puts Comic Sans fonts everywhere!
  • Makes emphasis tags (bold, italic, strong, and underline) blink! Even though IE doesn’t support the tag!
  • Turns

tags into animated rainbows! * Finds “mailto:” links and tacks on animated mailbox graphics!

Plugin’s Official Site


  • The normal page under a 'tasteful' browser (Chrome with OS X)
  • The same page Gracelessly Degraded (IE6 with Windows XP)


Unpack the plugin under wp-content/plugins and activate it in the WordPress console. That’s it! Graceless Degradation has no moving parts or sharp edges.


What about IE 5 (or IE 4, 3, 2, 1…)?

This plugin only “supports” IE 6, for various reasons. The main one is I don’t have earlier versions of IE to test. Also, I would have to convert things like document.getElementById() into document.all or whatever people used to do to support IE 4. If you’re game, this plugin is open source. Fork it and patch it.


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Contributors & Developers

“Graceless Degradation” is open source software. The following people have contributed to this plugin.




Initial release