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February 11th, 2004

7.23 < 5

You’ve got to love screencaps like this one from the USPS web site (seen when using Opera 7.23):

USPS error screenshot

The thing is, a pop-up error screen like that (which, incidentally, pops up on every page of the site) isn’t even necessary. The requirements of IE 4+, NS 4+, and Opera 5+ cover 99.999% of the browsing public (who do you know that’s still using Netscape 3?) and anyone using browsers “less” than that don’t deserve to be using the web.

I wrote to the USPS webmaster a week or so ago and got a canned response. The pop-up error still occurs as of this morning.

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FROM: Paul
DATE: Wednesday February 11, 2004 -- 11:41:16 am
That's because 6 people use Opera, duh!

I do dislike things like this. Maybe give the user a one-time, "This may look bad!" warning and then let them into the site anyway. I can't imagine that the USPS is doing something beyond Opera's capabilities.

FROM: Ryan [E-Mail]
DATE: Wednesday February 11, 2004 -- 12:13:05 pm
That's the thing -- once you click through, it works fine. And it's not even that they're not aware of Opera -- they say right there, "Opera 5 or better." It's weird. Browser-sniffing really has no place any more, except in extreme instances.

FROM: Chris [E-Mail]
DATE: Wednesday February 11, 2004 -- 1:53:02 pm
Mailblocks give me a warning every damn day that the site was designed for IE 5.5 and better, and that some features may not work with alternative browsers. AFAIK, everything works fine me with Mozilla.

Of course, what I really want to say to them is that Mozilla 1.6 is better than IE 5.5...

FROM: rich c
DATE: Thursday February 12, 2004 -- 12:11:22 am
Make that 7 people using Opera. It's faster than IE and Netscape, and it has some features that are unparalleled (hitting combinations of mouse buttons to go back and forward, mouse strokes to close/open/minimize windows, etc..)

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