[thelist] NS 4.7 compatibility?

FayeC ftarzwell at fayec.com
Fri Jul 28 10:31:39 CDT 2006

I have been doing some research on the necessitity of backwards compatibility for corporate sites.
Currently our site is compatible with NS 4.7 and above. It is a corporate banking site geared towards major companies as clients and it's currently some 3 years old. The issue is that because of that restriction (imposed by marketing) we are unable to design anything using CSS layout and are stuck with nested tables *everywhere* to make things look ok in NS as they do in IE. That also limits our use of the space since we are not allowed to use drop down menus which means content and navigation crowd the site and the pages are *too long*.
From all the corporate banks in the top 10 list (N. America, Europe, Asia) only 3 - that's counting us - are NS 4.7 compatible.
Here's my question:
Is it a valid point to maintain the site compatible with NS 4.7? 
And if not what would be a VERY valid argument I could use to propose the change to a more current version?
We would need major re-engineering of the site to make everything fit nice and look nice but with less constraints we can play with layout much easier.
Any comments and ideas are welcome,


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