Sorry, the Argos Internet site cannot currently be viewed using Netscape 6 or other browsers with the same rendering engine.
It implied a Gecko-compatible version was ‘coming soon’, but nine months on and it still doesn’t work.
Other sinners include Marks and Spencer who shut out Mozilla and Opera users over ‘security and usability’ issues. Ahem – Mozilla is more secure than IE and had you designed the site to be cross-platform then usability wouldn’t have been an issue, now would it? NatWest also blocks those who are not using IE or NS4.x from using its online banking site. To make matters worse, . Why didn’t they take the opportunity to add support for other browsers? After all, banks like the Halifax support Gecko.
These companies were all named in a Register article from 25th October 2002 – it’s evident that despite coverage from what is arguably an influential internet news site, these companies still cut people out. It makes me all the more keen to join Mozilla’s tech evangelism project to get sites to move towards a standards-compliant approach.
Evidence shows that use of non-Microsoft browsers is growing, largely because IE’s dominance on the Mac platform is being threatened by Safari and Camino which are superior in speed and function, and because of a move towards Linux in corporate environments where MS have been pricing their customers to death. If these trends continue, then IE’s market position may well decline, and these companies will be missing out on trade. As it is I will refuse to buy anything from these companies until they lift their restrictions on non-IE browsers, and I hope others will do the same.