Calling All Web Devs: Support More Browsers
Seeing this message on the UGSS site when I opened Safari for Windows instigated this post: You need IE (6.0 or higher) or FireFox (1.5 or higher) to view this site.
You’ve read about how disgusted I get with the whole “IE Only” crutch. Now I need to extend that call even further – developing for particular browsers limits your audience and can leave a bad taste for a potential customer. Are web developers still doing this? If so, why?
Now my guess with the UGSS site is that it’s older – as those are dated browser versions. So maybe it’s an old app that could use some updating? Most likely.
Yes, as web developers, we should consider our target audience. But unless your site was truly focused on a niche market, is there a reason why you’d want to develop new sites for one specific browser? If we’re Apple, for example, we’ll want to target our Mac fans, but at the same time, we need to acknowledge that there are other people who may be interested in our products/services who may be running one of the other popular browsers and not just the one we’ve been developing for.
Now understand something – this call goes to all web devs out there, and not just the Windows-based ones. So Linux-based web devs who design their sites for Firefox only – this applies to you guys too. And anyone else out there who’s doing web dev with just a one browser mentality – it’s time to expand your horizons and acknowledge other browsers out there. You don’t have to like them – but at least consider that it’s more than just an IE/Firefox/Safari world.