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Funny Browser Incompatiblity Message

5:11 am on Sep 15, 2004 (gmt 0)

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I was browsing a large well known travel companies website with firefox and when I landed on the booking form the following message was there in bright red:

Warning: Widget Travel supports Netscape version 6 and above
Some pages may not display correctly as a result.

5:50 am on Sept 15, 2004 (gmt 0)

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The fault is on their end, not yours. That sounds like a dated browser-sniffer to me.
10:21 am on Sept 15, 2004 (gmt 0)

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^ yeah, I fully agree. So many pages just check for IE or Netscape and ignore everything else. Too bad they didn't get your money, huh?
11:45 am on Sept 15, 2004 (gmt 0)

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And so many checks are left to get dated.

I accessed the site of a major British retailer at the end of 2002 or beginning of 2003 - using Opera, as I usually do - only to be advised to "upgrade" to Netscape Navigator version 4!

Browser sniffers are something that you can't do just once, and then forget about. They're a task for life. That's one of the reasons I code for all browsers. It's just so much easier in the long run.