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How to deal with IE compadible websites only?!?!?

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How do I use web sites that only work with internet explorer. Are There any firefox plugins for fix this, or do I need to borrow a friends Pc.

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It depends on how you mean IE compatible only. If its just looking to see that your using IE, then you could get to them by changing the user agent to IE. Im sure theres at least 1 or 2 extensions that will allow you to change the user agent that you should be able to find by searching the firefox extension site.

 

To do it in Safari you would just need to enable the Debug menu with a tool like Onyx and then select Debug > User Agent and select Windows MSIE 6.

 

If the site requires ActiveX then you would need to use Windows. You might be able to run IE 6 in ReactOS with Virtualbox, but Im not sure (maybe ie7, but i have no idea if ReactOS will be seen as a genuine windows, or if IE will install in it at all, but both reactos and virtualbox are free, so its at least worth a shot)

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You could also try to contact the website administrator and ask them to support Mac OS X.

 

IMO, such sites are often set up by lazy developers, unwilling to learn new skills in their spare time, and the website owners aren't even aware that the website's access is restricted to Windows (or they so computer illiterate that they aren't even aware that there are other operating systems). You'd be surprised how many web site owners are technology challenged, and haven't considered the implications of presenting their information on the web. It's quite different from presenting it on a corporate LAN, where all connected client computers run some flavor of Windows. If you're on the Net, you need to support all popular browsers and operating systems.

 

In general, websites should degrade gracefully if certain technologies aren't present in the client computer. They should not stop working, but just display a less well polished version of the website, which is still usable. An annoying example is some websites that don't display anything if the user has disabled JavaScript, or where the menu's don't work because JavaScript has been disabled. JavaScript should enhance a website, and should never be a prerequisite to use a website.

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Try out Opera and see if it will render the site for you.

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