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August 2010

UK Government and Internet Explorer 6 Support

The UK government announced that it has no intention of upgrading their web browsers from IE6.  IE6 is very frustrating for web developers - many of us like to complain about Microsoft products and there's certainly a lot of unashamed, often unjustified Microsoft bashing among the open source community.  But IE6 is a pretty awful product.  It is slow, ugly and has known security weaknesses....  but that's not the real reason it's a nuisance for web developers.  IE6 simply doesn't support web standards very well and also doesn't support transparency.  In practice, this means that your beautifully designed website that will work pretty well in most major browsers, requiring only a tweak here and there may well look absolutely terrible in IE6, requiring as much as half as much theme development time again, creating a special version of your website's theme just for IE6 users.  All this for around 6-7% of site visitors.  And even then, it won't look or work quite as nicely as your designer intended.  Transparent layers and graphics are an essential part of modern web design.

Posted by admin on August 6th, 2010
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What Are You Doing With Orders in Checkout ?

This is always going to be a hot topic and it's one we're asked about a lot; a customer is on your website has added items into their basket and filled in the fields in the checkout but not completed the purchase......  why not and what can be done to retain that customer, get them back or prevent them from leaving in the first place?

Posted by admin on August 19th, 2010
Comments: 0
Tags: FT, e-commerce

Compare UK Merchant Account Providers

Whether you're just going into business or if you've been accepting credit card payments on the internet for a while, it pays to shop around with different merchant account suppliers to get the best deal.  To help our UK clients, here is a list of UK merchant account providers.

Posted by admin on August 23rd, 2010
Comments: 1