The other day, me and Diana were talking
about the concept of "supported" browsers, and how big corporations
often restrict their online applications for use only with certain
browsers. This is a throwback to the days when you needed ActiveX or
certain IE-only features, and is rooted in old school corporate IT
But there are still a lot of financial institutions in
particular that keep telling you what browser to use, and that's just
stupid. I was looking at the stats for my sites today, and it shows
that 15% of visitors are Mac users, and only about 55% are IE users.
Even the iPhone is closing in on 1%, which is crazy.
world we live in. If you blow off 15% of your audience, can you afford
that? Imagine if Amazon did this. Their holiday quarter did $225
million in profit. Do you think they'd be OK with leaving $33 million
on the table?
I ran into another support issue today, when trying
to view the video clips for the Halo prequel and the body control stuff
for Xbox. I'd love to watch them, but they use some goofy stream that's
presumably Windows Media based and I can't watch them on the Mac.
Technologist apologists seem hell bent on declaring that this kind of
thing is OK, but especially for marketing intent, why would you exclude
any percentage of your audience?
I'm not suggesting we all need
to test for IE6 at this point, but come on man... with the standards
and frameworks we have, it isn't that hard to reach 99% of your