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  • OT- FireFox Being Shunned?

    My credit card bank changed their website for on line payment, and it will not work with Firefox. I called and they confirmed that, IE only. Last week, I tried to order some clothes on line, it wouldn't go through so I gave up. Then, just a bit ago, I was looking on Tractor Supply's website, and to get a price, you select a store. A pop-up window comes up, you enter your zip, and nothing happens. So for kicks, I opened IE, and tried again, and it went right through.

    I hate IE, FF lets me run ad blockers and I love it. So why are places not functioning with FF?

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    I come across IE-only sites every now and then. Like the morons at my wife's employer, who put up a web site for handling basic HR stuff like changing withholding and selecting insurance options. They won't do it any other way now. And it's IE-only. So I have a VirtualBox image I load up to handle that. And each time we do it, I have to download the latest IE and all the Windows updates before anything will work.

    The site is a handful of pages with simple pick-a-number options... but most of it won't even show up without IE, Flash, and Java loaded.

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    • #3
      I think I have actually begun to notice sites not working with FF are happening, gradually, more and more. I ones that bother me are the government ones that are like that, privately owned websites, fine (IMO if you want to potentially turn your back on a group of people, your call) but government should have the most access possible.

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      • #4
        I think I have only ran into it once. I forget what it was but it didn't bother me much, I just didn't buy from that place and moved on.
        Andy

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        • #5
          That's because people don't want to employ skilled, experienced web developers anymore. They just outsource the job to a sweat shop in a third world country, where most web developers can't be bothered with learning web standards, good software engineering practices, and writing cross browser compatible software. It is easy to slap together a web site using microsoft's web development tools, and when you're stuck, the bank, the government organization etc you are working for probably has a support contract with MS and somebody will escort you out of any problems your're having.

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          • #6
            When I was drawing unemployment I had to use IE to submit my weekly documentation as the state government website would not work under FF. My employer's website will open under FF, but to access my 401K, do any of the HR submissions, run any videos, etc I must use IE.

            Fortunately so far I can still access & use the VA site using FF (knock on wood).

            Like the OP I'm not fond of being forced to use IE.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by rws View Post
              I was looking on Tractor Supply's website, and to get a price, you select a store. A pop-up window comes up, you enter your zip, and nothing happens.


              I just tried that function at Tractor Supply using Firefox and it works just fine as did the regular search function, are you running the latest version of Firefox? You might want to check for an update.

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              • #8
                As a work around try the "Add-On" IE Tab.

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                • #9
                  In here one bank did that thing once. They realised their error when almost half of their customer complained about it and 20 % of them switched to another bank.

                  It is just plain stupid to make things work only on one system or with proprietary software.
                  Amount of experience is in direct proportion to the value of broken equipment.

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                  • #10
                    You might check the sites that don't work with FF to see if they're compliant with the version of HTML they claim to be. FF has an extension that lets you do this easily, see: http://users.skynet.be/mgueury/mozilla/ Contacting banks whose sites are not HTML compliant and asking why their site developers aren't playing by the rules might get some response. Theoretically all sites should be compliant to some version of HTML, although many sites have minor errors - even this HSM site shows some errors (which the browser handles easily).

                    FF also has the IE View extension which lets you open the site you're viewing in FF using IE, making it a little easier to deal with those IE only sites.
                    Location: Newtown, CT USA

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                    • #11
                      FF ain't all that. It is my browser of choice, but recently two different FF upgrades came through at work that were buggy. FF stopped providing functionality that had worked fine before their upgrade. We had to modify some reports so that they would continue to work with FF in the first instance. In the second instance we were forced to revert to an earlier version of FF.

                      Jim

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                      • #12
                        I've been using IE for a long time, and I hate it. I have the Microsoft Automatic Updates turned off on my computer. I turned it off about 5 years ago after I updated IE and got a corrupted file. The update I got was so corrupted that I couldn't even do a system restore. I had to gave the hard drive reformatted.

                        I spend a lot of time on bulletin boards, and sadly most of them won't work with Firefox.

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                        • #13
                          I use FF with NoScript,Adblock and Ghostery..

                          Quite often I get into trouble because of those blocking payment transfers/authentication rather than any particular website requirements.

                          I spend a lot of time on bulletin boards and have never come across one that wouldn't work with Firefox. .

                          Rob

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                          • #14
                            I've run most of the usual PC Browsers and l finally settled on FF. It works better than any that I ever used. IE is so slow on websites that it's really worthless anymore, especially with the graphics that sites are using these days. I've used credit cards now and then on various well-known sites and it works OK.

                            I agree that IE is definitely on the way out.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Jaakko Fagerlund View Post
                              In here one bank did that thing once. They realised their error when almost half of their customer complained about it and 20 % of them switched to another bank.

                              It is just plain stupid to make things work only on one system or with proprietary software.
                              It is not stupid if you are Microsoft.

                              Big blue bully.
                              Paul A.
                              SE Texas

                              Make it fit.
                              You can't win and there IS a penalty for trying!

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