UNPLEASANT REMINDER

20. June 2011, 13:45 | by WD Milner | Full Article |

In these days of advanced web technologies, multifunctional browsers, high resolution screens and all the paraphernalia of modern computing, it is surprising and sadly amusing when we come across reminders of the “bad old days” of the web.

Those were the days when web sites were made rigidly for a particular type or version (or both) of browser. When web pages were rigidly structured for particular expected screen resolutions. And anyone who didn't have the expected combination of browsers and screen were presented with polite or snarky messages that they and their setup wasn't quite up to snuff.

A recent trip through some search results led me to a site that brought back those days with an unpleasant reminder of all that had been left behind — or so I thought. For your viewing pleasure, the following is a pop-up dialog I received the other day. A remnant of a web thankfully long gone, if not completely forgotten.

Old screen-size browser version dialog

While 800x600 resolution may be an acceptable design size, depending on the page, its target audience and the device used, Internet Explorer 4.0 dates to 1997 (Wikipedia Entry) and “best viewed with” is a well discarded part of web history.

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