Ok, not the company, just anybody who was ever involved in their web browsers.
I’m writing a web application. I’m trying to make it modern with good UX (User Experience). Sometimes my boss’s decisions go against that desire, but I do what I can. Real world requirements aren’t always as straight forwards as the stuff you read in “Design For Hackers”.
So this week, I did a new part of the app. It was finally working the way I wanted to on real browsers, so then I turned to IE testing. It didn’t work right on anything older than IE 10. After two days of screwing around, I had a workaround that worked ok on IE 8 and 9 – it didn’t look too much worse than it does on real browsers, just different. That’s good, because the boss says that IE 8, because it comes on Windows 7, is the corporate standard and I don’t have to support IE 6 or IE 7. So I upload my test code to their server and clicked on the link, and it looked like a dog’s breakfast. Turns out that Microsoft, in their infinite wisdom, have decided that when something is on your intranet, should run in “compatibility mode”, which basically means it acts like IE 7.
IE is supposed to recognize a header, “X-UA-Compatible”, which is there so the web developer can tell the browser which version of IE it’s written for, but because Microsoft are a bunch of idiots, they decided that the “use compatibility mode on the intranet” setting should override this. I can’t think of a single reason for this, other than sheer idiocy.
On StackOverflow, a user offered up a “simple” workaround – all you need to do is get every web server on the corporate intranet except yours to change to serve up a “X-UA-Compatible” that specifies compatibility mode, and then the sysadmins to change the default setting on the Active Directory servers (and probably Citrix as well) to make sure people’s logins allow the setting from the web server to take precedence over their login settings. That of course pre-supposes that you can even find every web server on the corporate intranet. And find their owners. And get those owners to sign anything without 12 years of running around making business cases and getting manager approvals. And then get the web servers actually configured that way.
I think it would just be faster to wait for every computer in the company to be replaced by one running a better OS. Or the heat death of the universe.
So off I go to try to find a work-around that works on IE 7 as well.