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Firefox messes up 1 in 10 UK pages

BBC news item

     

TheVisitor

11:17 am on Jun 23, 2005 (gmt 0)

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"One in 10 UK websites fail to work properly on the open source Firefox web browser, a study shows. "

[news.bbc.co.uk...]

BlobFisk

11:30 am on Jun 23, 2005 (gmt 0)

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It's bad coding practice by the page designers rather than FireFox! So:

Firefox messes up in 1 in 10 UK pages

MatthewHSE

1:35 pm on Jun 23, 2005 (gmt 0)

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I'll make yet a further clarification by reversing yours a bit, BlobFisk. ;) The true statement should be:

One in ten UK websites messes up in Firefox.


Hopefully this is being presented by the BBC as a problem with the websites, not the browser. But somehow I doubt it's being handled that way (haven't found the story myself to check).

Did the report mention how badly things get messed up? I mean, it could be something as simple (and relatively minor) as using the MARGINTOP type attributes (or whatever those things are, never used them myself) on the <body> tag.

TravelSite

2:52 pm on Jun 23, 2005 (gmt 0)

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It is being presented by the BBC as a problem with the websites, not the browser.

So they think that the millions of websites created before firefox came along, all working fine on everyones browser (a.k.a internet explorer) are at fault. Yes, heaven forbid that firefox would actually be developed with the capability of displaying these millions of websites - now that would just be daft ;)

HelenDev

3:00 pm on Jun 23, 2005 (gmt 0)

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or how about...

"Designing for IE messes up one in ten websites"

RonPK

3:30 pm on Jun 23, 2005 (gmt 0)

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BBC:
This is largely because web developers are used to testing their sites just using IE rather than so-called standards-compliant browsers, which only use code ratified by the World Wide Web consortium.

;)

Anyway, BBC and Scivisum talk about sites not working because of invalid HTML. I had a quick peek at some of the listed sites, and noticed that they use awfully outdated browser sniffing techniques. Fix that, and many issues would be solved.

monkeythumpa

4:13 pm on Jun 23, 2005 (gmt 0)

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It is a much higher percentage than that, but the reserchers probably didn't know what to look for.

moltar

4:41 pm on Jun 23, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Sounds like a report of some web development company trying to get the redesign projects ;)

Some 100 leading consumer sites were assessed by web-testing firm SciVisum.