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RE: The Age (AU) Technology Not Supporting Old Browsers

From: Geoff Deering <gdeering@acslink.net.au>
Date: Fri, 23 Apr 2004 12:54:02 +1000
To: <michael.virant@dse.vic.gov.au>, <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
Message-ID: <NBBBJPNFCLNLAADCLFJBEEKCGEAA.gdeering@acslink.net.au>

> -----Original Message-----
> From: michael.virant@dse.vic.gov.au

> What is particularly galling is that f2 have made absolutely no effort to
> provide a legible rendering for older browsers.  In Netscape 4.76  I get a
> grey background with a lighter shade of grey text!  Totally illegible.
> Fundamental solutions like basic CSS for the early browsers and
> @import for
> the later browsers could have given me at minimum black text on a white
> background.
>
> I've never tested Opera's feature to Identify as Mozilla 4.7n - but at
> least this renders it in black text on a white background.
>
> We can only hope that a visually impaired reader of THE AGE in a seriously
> influential position gives HREOC a call...  Like any of the
> Victorian State
> Government Ministers or Departmental chiefs where the SOE is... Netscape
> 4.7n!
>
> It reminds me of the flagrant disregard for standards Microsoft displayed
> when they entered the browser market.  Does this mean f2's brazen
> breach of
> accessibility standards will likewise crush the opposition ;-)
>

Well I think that is a bit harsh on f2.  Their web sites aren't too bad for
basic accessibility and usability (I can point to heaps of Government sites
that are worse.. and some very good ones too).  The basic point I was trying
to make is sometimes you can be too smart and too cute and end up looking
dumb.  It is pretty easy to get caught out with this if your browser
sniffing logic goes

else
	/* Get a modern browser */

endif

That way you always lump any new browsers or unidentified ones in with the
old ones.  It's actually a very common mistake.  Just so happens The Ages
Technology site is a great showcase for it.

Geoff
Received on Thursday, 22 April 2004 22:54:33 UTC

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