Excuse the title. Got carried away. As a web geek, I have been experiementing with Mozilla’s latest browser offering, Firebird. However, as has long been the case with many of today’s websites standardisation and compliance seems like a lost cause with many people. I’m not gonna get into the ifs, buts, whens and whats about the duty of todays web designers to design to compliance 😉 but it does irk me somewhat when I come across a “big” website, which frankly, doesn’t give a t0ss about half its potential market.
/wait for it :p
Take for example the Odeon. Apart from their website generally being a big pile of old tosh anyway (I’ve never been able to book tickets), it _simply_doesn’t_work_in_Firebird. No “we’re sorry” message – it just chokes and offers NO solution (short of trusty ol’ Internet Explorer *cough* horrible *cough*. But! It doesn’t even work properly in that! For me, IE6 and WinXP their menu thing at the top goes the wrong way and I can’t access any of the options. I didn’t think it was possible, but they’ve got a site that won’t work in IE!
But what is irritating, is when the Odeon website was first released, some 5 or so years ago, I emailed them and told them it didn’t work in Nutscrape. I got some standard reply “Yes, we’re sorry about that, erm, we promise to look into it, honest” which of course never happened. So, when we found out the site now chokes in Firebird, we let them know. I don’t believe for a second they’d do anything about it so it is our duty [can I get a “hurrah” ?] to do something about it.
Therefore, everybody fire off an email to the Odeon complaining about their crappy website and tell them to ballywell fix it. I suggest you use this template!. HURRAH!
P.S. *ahem* their email address is *ahem* firstname.lastname@example.org.