[wp-meta] [Making WordPress.org] #4863: Adding a notice do discourage IE11 usage

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#4863: Adding a notice do discourage IE11 usage
 Reporter:  youknowriad   |       Owner:  (none)
     Type:  defect        |      Status:  new
 Priority:  normal        |   Milestone:
Component:  Browse Happy  |  Resolution:
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Comment (by afercia):

 Worth noting that when it comes to assistive technologies, browsers usage
 is pretty different.

 WebAIM runs (almost yearly) a survey targeted to screen reader users. The
 most recent survey ran between August - September 2019 with 1224
 respondents. See https://webaim.org/projects/screenreadersurvey8/

 Specifically, two data are relevant: the list of most used browsers and
 the most used Screen Reader / Browser Combinations.

 **Most used browsers:**
 Internet Explorer 11: 10.9%

 **Most used Screen Reader / Browser Combinations:**
 JAWS with Internet Explorer: 11.5%
 NVDA with Internet Explorer: 1.2%

 Not to mention some users reported they use Internet Explorer versions
 older than 11.

 It's a significantly higher IE usage than among the overall population and
 can be explained with the pretty high cost of updating to a more modern
 laptop with a most recent Windows version plus a new (pretty expensive)
 JAWS license.

 The good news is that comparing with
 [https://webaim.org/projects/screenreadersurvey7/ the previous survey],
 usage of Internet Explorer continues to decline.

 Also worth noting the usage of Internet Explorer is much higher in North
 America than elsewhere in the world.

 Personally, I wouldn't be opposed to encourage users to switch to a more
 modern browser via the `wp_dashboard_browser_nag()` powered by
 browsehappy. However, ending support for Internet Explorer 11 entirely is
 something that should be considered carefully and would need a clearly
 established roadmap with a firm date and an appropriate period of notice.

Ticket URL: <https://meta.trac.wordpress.org/ticket/4863#comment:1>
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