I started wondering just how much money Microsoft has cost the world by trying to reinvent web standards as they saw fit back in 2001. Now there is no way that I can know exact numbers, but let's give this a shot with some reasonable values.
- IE6 has been around for about 8 years I think.
- Assume 6 hours a month dealing with IE issues
- Assume 6 million web/application developers (this number is likely much to small considering how many sites are up on the net)
- Assume an average developer's time is worth $30/hour (the range will vary from somewhat lower to a lot higher).
6 hours * 12 month * 8 years * 6000000 devs * $30
In other words, Microsoft has cost the world ~$103.5 billion, just because they wanted to do things their own way.
Delenda est IE6!
... and now, back to sorting out yet another IE6 feature...