As a very smart man once said
"Anyone who slaps a 'this page is best viewed with Browser X' label on a Web page appears to be yearning for the bad old days, before the Web, when you had very little chance of reading a document written on another computer, another word processor, or another network."
-- Tim Berners-Lee in
Technology Review, July 1996
Are we still in the 90's?
When I visit your website, I am greeted with
Internet Explorer 5/6 is not supported. Get Firefox.
..or directly destroy your Windows PC. We won't tell you to use IE 7.0, even if it works, somehow.
So get rid of this warning, change. How can you live in a world without tabs?? You're insane.
Is this professional?
So let's have it. The year is 2007 and you have decided to design a website that even the director of the World Wide Web
would frown apon.
How can we take your website and your product seriously if you discriminate your users this much?
How about people with disabilities?
I haven't checked this site with a text-only browser and I don't own a screen reader, but will it not display or fall apart in them?
What of users who have customized their Windows machines and Internet Explorer with software that is designed for special needs?
Will you force them to abandon all that just for your site?
Computing and the Internet is for EVERYEONE!
If your product is so wonderful then it should be able to stand on its own two feet.
Show us the benefits of your platform for those users.
Show us comparisons in a concise and and productive manner so we can evaluate the pros and cons (and ALL operating systems have some cons).
Show us that you are competent enough to design a universally accessible website so we can take your operating system seriously.
(Why would anyone promote your OS if even your website is designed with forced obsolescence?)
I'm a web site designer and part-time programmer and I deal with people with special needs all day. It saddens me to no end to see these labels, as they do nothing but create a more divisive online community.
Are you going to promote your product on this faulty premise?
Are you going to abandon this silly "browser war" and make your site universally accessible for all users and operating systems?
What about educators who have bought computers with Windows pre-installed?
Will you impress teachers with these labels so they will replace Windows with Linux?
Not if you call them insane.
Thank you for your time.