British High Commission in Sri Lanka website akin to China’s Olympics website

In that, they both don’t render accurately under Safari on a Mac. Check out the Chinese Olympics website here.

After FEMA’s egregious response to Katrina, that compounded the disaster on the ground by setting up a website for aid that ran only on Internet Explorer, I would have thought the lesson was identified and learnt that important sites with public information need to be platform and browser agnostic, to the greatest extent possible. Clearly, it’s not easily possible or viable to get a site to work on all browsers since IE 1 and Netscape 1. But not ensuring that a site works on Safari, which is a modern browser and the default on many Macs, is no longer just a simple oversight. It’s plain sloppy.

Here’s what the new British High Commission site in Sri Lanka looks like on Safari 3,

British High Commission website on Safari

British High Commission website on Safari

And this is what it looks like on Firefox 3,

British High Commission website under Firefox 3

British High Commission website under Firefox 3

I must say that under Firefox, the new site is bloody decent and a nice upgrade from the earlier avatar.

Here’s a helpful website for web designers to make their products work across many browsers.

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