Ben Parr at Mashable made my heart flutter the other day when he posted about Google’s announcement of the beginning of the end of IE6 support across their product suite. Good timing for me, since it came on the very day that we here at Grist were scheduled to make a decision about IE6 support for a bunch of new designs and features that will be coming out over the next number of months. So I feel validated Google — thanks … though I think based on our audience stats and the general way the wind is blowing, we would have made a similar decision in the end. It seems that MSFT itself is intent on supporting IE6 until it stops supporting Windows XP, an event which won’t occur until 2014. Most depressing job: responsibility for this release path.