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FireFox Transitioning

We're Working Toward Making The Switch

9:08 am on Jan 6, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Well gentlemen, and ladies

I thought to pop in to make this announcement;

We have now started the FireFox transition.

We've installed FireFox on 3 of our 11 local machines to run for a period of six weeks, so that everybody will be able to have a go at how it all works out.

After the initial six weeks, all of our local machines and the others over at hosting will have the FireFox installations.

You see, it's this way. I firmly beleive that we might save a little money in labour costs by installing the FireFox over the Internet Explorer. By doing this, we won't have to run so many various security scans and other kinds of updates as often, thus cutting man hours in the end.

I think the only ones that might put up a fuss about this would be the design department, in that they are now going to have to write sites to view well with FireFox as well as Netscape and Internet Explorer.

It should be an interesting ride then.

Any tips or tricks you might offer would be great, from those of you who would be dyed in the wool mozilla users.....

1:06 pm on Jan 6, 2005 (gmt 0)

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The thing to get your developers to realize is that:

A.) FireFox is growing by leaps and bounds, making cross-browser compatibility important once again,

B.) Whether it's a pain to develop for FireFox or a pain to develop for IE is a matter of perspective and experience,

C.) Once one learns how to develop "for" FireFox, by which I mean you can write clean, compliant code, developing sites that work cross-browser becomes easy; basically second-nature.

If you can convince your developers that the only reason they don't want to develop "for" FireFox is because they're too lazy and their skills aren't up to it, you may be surprised how well they'll take a change! (Actually I wouldn't advocate demeaning them like that, but if you make FireFox a challenge to them, perhaps they'll rise to the occasion.)

12:31 am on Jan 7, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Ah yes.....

And rising to the occasion should indeed be the rule of the day.

Our conclusions regarding this FireFox have come into play later than I would have liked but come they did in the end, yes, design will have to conform I'm afraid. Not that it would ever hurt to mix it up a bit.

Human nature is funny about readily embracing new things and I think it stems from the fact that we, as humans, are most uncertain or even afraid of the unknown.

I'm sure that their response will be just as you described Matthew, and yes, they will take to it in fine fashion, once they figure out that it's really just "cake"

I'm quite sure that this will work to our favour and thanks a bunch then for the support.


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