IE-only Wimbledon

The current and the next week is the time of the year the biggest tennis tournament in the world is taking place. In case you don’t know, that’s Wimbledon. Since I have work to do and can’t afford to sit in front of the TV all day, I like to follow the live results in my browser. As an avid web-standards folower that I am, I like to browse in a standards-compliant browser. You probably guessed it by now, Wimbledon’s official site, developed by IBM, and standards-compliant browsers aren’t too fond of each other.

“Hi there! Please use a Crappy Browser…”

When you want to follow the point-by-point action on that non-semantic, table-infested site, you’re re-directed to a page with the following message:

Your browser is unable to display the Live Match Reports feature. The Live Match Reports feature is optimized for Internet Explorer version 5.5 (or greater). Please download Microsoft Internet Explorer 5.5 (or greater) to experience this portion of the Web site.

Now, that’s just great. I already have IE, thank you very much. Several versions of the damn thing. But I refuse to start any of them. It’s bad enough I have to start them every day to do meaningless and useless compatibility testing. Use IE, they say? Thanks, but no thanks. I’m already using a browser that’s perfectly good. I’m no expert on the issue, and I do not know how much more it’d cost to develop a site that would be friendly with the modern browsers. What I do know, is that IE-only features such as this are simply preposterous.

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