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ESPN.com cross-browser compatability

May 23, 2004 at 09:21 AM

To put it mildly, it sucks. Half the stuff on ESPN.com doesn't work unless you're using IE. It's one of my favorite sites to visit but since I've begun using Firefox it's not half as useful as it used to be. For one thing ESPN Motion is IE only and they "have not finalized schedules for alternate browser and operating system versions" of the program. This is really dissappointing. Motion is almost a broadband killer app for a lot of people I know. The extreme high quality video and the seemingly instant downloads make for a great experience.

Now this morning I head on over to the site and a giant Nike Flash ad pops up and doesn't go away. Ever. It's still up in another browser window. There's no close button anywhere. I even broke down and actually tried clicking on the ad. Nike.com popped up but the ad remained unphased. It wouldn't be so bad if it was over to the side of the page or down at the bottom. But no, it's right in the middle of everything blocking like 40% of the "above the fold" content. It's blocking the main headline, half of Reggie Miller, the secondary headline, and a bunch of links. So I tried going to ESPN.com with Internet Explorer and the same ad pops up and then in about 6 seconds has automatically minimized itself into a banner ad.

Meanwhile in Firefox, the ad is still up.

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