What Walmart Teaches Us About CSS

In the tech world, maybe money doesn’t buy power — at least, it can’t buy good CSS practices. Or so it would seem, at least, after today’s fabulously botched launch of Walmart’s new online video store.

See what we mean? Visit this site in Internet Explorer:

http://www.walmart.com/videodownloads

Now, do the same thing in Firefox. And in case the web site has been changed by the time you read this post, here’s what the site looked like in Firefox browsers at 6:30 tonight:

No, you’re not dreaming. It’s really that bad.

This is a CSS issue, and it will probably be fixed in a few hours. But it still goes to show you that no matter how many high-faultin’ movie studios you partner with, none of it matters if you don’t get the right company to develop your web site.

Update at 6am PDT on 2/8/07: If you dare to visit the site using a browser other than Internet Explorer, you get this fun message: “Unsupported Browser…We’re sorry…Our website requires the browser Internet Explorer version 6 or higher. It appears that you are using Firefox, Safari, or another browser that Wal-Mart Video Downloads doesn’t currently support. Click here to get Internet Explorer for free from Microsoft.”

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This entry was posted on Wednesday, February 7th, 2007 at 7:57 pm and is filed under design. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed. You can leave a response, or trackback from your own site.

2 Responses to “What Walmart Teaches Us About CSS”

  1. Christopher Garvis says:

    Seems like the fixed this problem with the following message:

    Unsupported Browser We\’re sorry … Our website requires the browser Internet Explorer version 6 or higher. It appears that you are using Firefox, Safari, or another browser that Wal-Mart Video Downloads doesn\’t currently support. Click here to get Internet Explorer for free from Microsoft.

    Thank You

    Horrible…. This has really made me less likely to shop there. I have Standards (pun intended).

  2. jack says:

    Looks like they have fixed this now.

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