For many years the web design industry and webmasters have complained about having to make sites compatible with the numerous browsers out there. There are lots of different browsers and lots of versions of each one. Firefox, Safari, Chrome, Internet Explorer which is IE9, IE8, IE7, IE6 (not many on that now thankfully), Opera and the list goes on……
They all render the code websites are programmed in slightly differently so if you look at one site in IE7 and then in Firefox you’ll see a big difference unless the programmer has spent many hours making it compatible with all main browsers out there.
Thankfully things are coming into alignment much more now with the latest versions of IE9, Firefox and Chrome all using virtually the same standards making everyone’s life easier and keeping the costs of development of websites down. Long may it continue in that way we say.
The current pain in everyone’s backside is IE7 which really doesn’t work in the same way as modern browsers. One Australian company has taken it upon themselves to start stamping out these old browsers in the form of a tax for people using IE7 to view their website. Internet Explorer has seen a steady decline as faster more capable browsers have emerged. You can see the overall stats on browser usage here and poor old IE only has 18% market share behind Firefox and Chrome as of May 2012. IE7 only has 2.1% share of the overall users on Internet Explorer so it’s a small percentage of the overall web user out there but still. Why have you not updated to at least IE8 by now Mr IE7 user???
Visit the Kogan website and try it out in IE7 yourself. You will be charged an extra 6.8% on your order if you are using IE7. Hopefully you won’t be able to see the message that comes up as you’re not in a coma and still using this 5 year old beast of a browser are you?
If you are please, please do the web community a favour and upgrade to IE9 or switch to Firefox or Chrome or another browser. Help keep the web a functional and stress free place!
Join the campaign and stamp out old web browsers. Turn on auto update on your browser and enjoy the web as web designers intend it to be seen.