Website silliness at its finest

I was going to mutter about one of these, but now I’ve got two, I’ll tie it together into a more generalised mutter session.

I saw a link for LayerCake Elements, which sounded at least mildly interesting, so I clicked, and was presented with this friendly message:

Your point?

Your point?


There I was, innocently using Chrome on a Mac, and the site is helpfully telling me that Internet Explorer is not recommended. Guys, if you’re going to do browser sniffing at all, there are several things to bear in mind:

  1. Get it right
  2. Display any messages in less intrusive ways – an information bar at the top of the window, for instance
  3. Get it right

Better still, write pages that gracefully degrade in browsers that don’t support what you’re trying to do – though it’s worth noting that IE9 supports a lot more stuff these days. Oddly enough, the site seems to be behaving itself today, so this might have been a temporary bit of borkage…

And this morning, I was trying to find some information on the Garmin site – in particular, UK availability for their new iPhone ANT+ dongle, which it seems I’ll need to use with their new Fit application, as it appears not to recognise the other brand one I have already. Maybe their blog might be the place to look? So I clicked the link in the sidebar and saw this comedy page:

Click here

Click here

That’s right. You click a link which takes you to a page telling you to “click here”, but when they say “here” they appear to mean there. A bit to the right. Most odd. Oh, and when I did get there, I didn’t find what I was looking for, which is annoying. And the “Contact Us” page isn’t all that useful either, as it helpfully provides links for technical support, but no apparent email address or contact form for general enquiries. Apparently I’m supposed to write to them, or something like that.