Tuesday, May 06, 2008

ADVENTURES IN THE DESIGN WORLD™: "We Have An Unusual Situation Here."

There's nothing worse in the web design world of 2008 than someone who still insists on designing their site so it can only be used with one browser.

Oh, wait, did I say there was nothing worse? How about someone who insists on designing their site so it can only be used with one browser and then acts smug about how lazy they are?

That's exactly the attitude you get when you visit AmericanLiteracy.com with "one of 59 other browsers" than Internet Explorer. But who can blame them, really? I mean, it's a well-known fact that no one in America who uses a Mac (or Firefox on their PC) gives a shit about literacy.

Oh, and while you're at it -- if you're going to presume to be so learned as to know which browser is best for me -- please learn the keyboard shortcut to actually make a proper elevated trademark symbol (like this ™) instead of the "oh snap, how do you do this?" method of sticking it in lower case inside parentheses. That's what The Google is for, people.


(tipped by Anonymous A)


Blogger K. A. Laity said...

Best of all, they seem to be such a stellar organization, too. According to their info page (available by Googling for cached data even to Firefox-using Macsters like me):

The American Literacy Council is the name of the non-profit organization organized by scholars in 1876 to provide rural educators with literacy tools and methods appropriate for schools at that time. Their focus included considerable linguistic research related to the study of illogical spelling standards that underlie standard English spelling. Major names and organizations supported their efforts including Andrew Carnegie, Melvin Dewey, many book authors, and newspaper editors of that time period. The organization continued, evolving to be renamed "The American Literacy Council."

So am I reading this right? They added quotation marks?

Coots and codgers working from 19th century values; no wonder they use IE.

7:13 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This quote makes me suspect the designer imposed this limitation under duress:

"Although 79 percent of all Web users run with the Internet Explorer, it appears you're using one of 59 other browsers."

1:16 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Never mind. I faked the user agent and saw the steaming pile that is this website. I'm guessing the blurb is a passive aggressive dig at the "designer"

11:56 AM  

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