We will support everything that is up to date:
- Macbook with Retina Display
- Macbook with Normal Display
- iPad (iOS 5+ / + Retina)
- iPad Mini (iOS 5+ / + Retina)
- Microsoft Surface Tablet
- Other tablets
- iPhone (iOS 5+ / + Retina)
- Android (+ high PPI screens)
- Windows Phone
- Blackberry Browser
- Opera Mini
But we say no to:
Browser must support up to date W3C recommendations like:
- http://caniuse.com/#feat=svg (essential)
- http://caniuse.com/#feat=fontface (essential)
- http://caniuse.com/#feat=css-mediaqueries (essential)
- http://caniuse.com/#search=transition (recommended)
- http://kangax.github.com/es5-compat-table/ (ECMAScript 5 - many of these are now commonly used)
- jQuery 2.0 dropped IE6, IE7 and IE8 support already
- One of the nearest WordPress themes (Twenty Fourteen or Twenty Fifteen) is likely to drop this support too
- and many more...
Example development difficulties caused by IE8:
1) How can we use vector images if IE8 doesn't support them? Should we convert 300+ icons to JPG/PNG?
2) No @font-face fonts - everything will be converted to something like Arial.
5) IE8 is stuffed with bugs. It displays correct code incorrectly. It requires special workarounds or fallbacks.
Microsoft dropped IE8 support on 15 Nov 2012 and its users are falling down. In 2013 they should be nearly entirely gone. More about this: http://support.forcg.com/topic/logo-not-showing-in-ie-7-8-menu-stacking-in-ie-7
The truth is that we write code that is up to W3C standards and browsers are supposed to display this well. We use scalable units, vector graphics and the best practices to guarantee the best compatibility with all modern browsers and devices but IE8 hasn't been updated for 6 years and a lot has changed since then.
I hope that this convinces you that there is no point (and no easy way) in supporting IE8 at this moment. Daisho is a very good choice with clean code and we're working towards making it even more device-friendly.
In 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016... your Daisho-based website will cover like 99% of visitors anyway. I doubt that any home user still uses Windows XP with IE8 (or if he does he'll surely replace his old computer with something new just to be able to run up-to-date applications) - everybody in Australia, Europe, Canada, USA, [...] is moving to Windows 7 laptops, Macbooks, desktop computers, tablets, iPhones, Android phones or something up to date and that's what websites should ideally support.