Analysis & Solutions wrote:

> What increased cost?  If someone does the right thing in the first place,
> there's no cost.  The developers are either gettting paid to develop
> something that works right in the first place or they're getting paid to
> develop something that doesn't.

LOL, we are all but prostitutes, my dear :) we get paid to do exactly 
what the customer wants and *how* he wants it to be done. As for myself 
there are *many* of my customers choices that I would not use on a site 
of mine, but once I have written them a formal letter saying why I 
suggest doing something else in instead and have got a formal receipt I 
feel no longer interested in whatever they decide. I am only interested 
in another sort of *how*, that is *howmuch* :)

> Let's use your Iframes example.  My client was using them.  I replaced 
> such with proper layout for local content and importing remote content 
> through implode('', file()).  How does that cost more?

Yes, since you have to replace something that is already in place. It 
means you spend mantime to do it. Besides, they love iframes, so let's 
give them iframes. All they want is a scrolling bar *within* a fixed 
graphical frame, and only an iframe can do that.

> Anyway, cutting out potential long term revenue by alienating potential 
> customers is a bad business decision.

A one year long log shown that we are talking about 0.2% of their 
potential audience (and we include *my* verifications, which amounts to 
half of the events). Such decisions are not taken just like that. They 
watched the data and decided that 0.2% isn't worth a dime (and a minute) 
of theirs. It's their right to decide it.

Site targets a very specific audience (that is, the dental market). I 
don't think many a dentist will surf on Lynx, personally. And dentists 
just love to show their money, so I cannot think of a dentist using 
Netscape 4 and a 640x480 monitor.

I do (sometimes), you do, but we belong in a minority. Linguistic 
minorities make much more profit than browser minorities will ever do, 
simply because they make larger numbers. Having a site translated in 
french is making *much* more money than having it work on Lynx, believe 
me :) The good thing for them to do is have their site translated in as 
many languages as they can. That's from a profit-oriented point of view 
(mine too, since I sell language repositories as well) :) Europe is 
*not* america. Browsers here aren't a commercial issue, but local 
cultures are.

After all, if you and I are clever enough to use Lynx, we are also 
clever enough for us to download Mozilla and surf like standard people 
do, right? :)



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