Large corporations with broken web sites are, of course, still very common. But with the new version of their business web site, Orange are breaking all records.
The main symptom is that Firefox users can’t click on any of the links. Clicks seem to just be ignored. Right-clicking on a link and selecting “open in new tab” still works, but that’s not a fun way to navigate a web site. Discussions on the Orange mailing list indicate that it works in IE and Safari, but little else.
There’s also some browser detection code in there as the site wants to use ActiveX if you’re running IE. I think it’s trying to use it to display a Flash presentation, but I don’t see why it can’t use EMBED or OBJECT tags like most sites do.
All in all it’s very broken and looks like a very amateur job. There has certainly been no testing of the site on anything other than IE and with IE market share falling, that’s an incredibly stupid mistake to make.
It’s worrying to think that even in 2006 there are still web design companies who buy into the Microsoft “one browser web” idea and even more worrying to think that there are big companies who will accept this view of the web.