[thelist] MSN locks out non IE browsers

Andrew Forsberg andrew at thepander.co.nz
Mon Oct 29 14:14:29 CST 2001

Hi Jeff

>and if they choose to guarantee that browsers that'll make their site look
>"fucked up" can't see the site at all, that's their right.

Guy walks into a menswear store -- "I want to try on those shoes" -- 
"I'm sorry sir, those are Patrick Cox shoes, and you're wearing red 
socks. I'm afraid I can't let you do that."

Sure the shoes would look wrong on red socks, but a punter's a 
punter. The punter is there because they're interested in some 
Microsoft product, or Microsoft-related product / service. It doesn't 
make good business sense to turn people away, IMHO.

>pop quiz:  what software vendor makes the most software for the mac?

Before or after Microsoft bought a very large number of Apple shares? 
And, being picky, is it 'the most software' or 'the largest Mac 
development team outside Apple itself.' Either way, the logic of this 
is clear to me -- the logic behind, and supposed benefits of, 
actively blocking users escapes me entirely.

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>  > True, but there are better ways of letting me know than
>>  completely blocking me out.
>not if they want to prevent the site from being displayed in a messed up
>manner.  how would you do it?

The site's db backed? The developers are using templates? Errrrr: 
provide an alternate template that doesn't look like shite for 
non-compliant browsers? Just like the rest of us would if we couldn't 
be bothered coding it to look ok in the preferred template. :)

Andrew Forsberg
uberNET - http://uber.net.nz/
the pander - http://thepander.co.nz/

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