Anyway, there were a couple of things that I found to be, shall I say, rather odd? about the website application.
First, I had been inspired to do my editing at 9:45 on Saturday night. That's not terribly unusual, as I relax at night and let my mind wander and it sometimes results in some inspired ideas. I decided not to wait, and fired up the Mac and logged in to make changes. I had already made a few changes and saves, when I tried to refresh I got a message that the application was no longer available. The website was still viable, but the application on the website was turned off. I looked at the clock, and noticed it was 10:01 pm. WTF? They turned it OFF? Was it tired? Did it need a good night's sleep? The ONLY possibility I could forgive is maintenance. However, there was no notice of impending maintenance. It was simply turned off at 10:00. Ridiculous.
On Sunday, (after a night's rest, I suppose) the application was back available and I had been editing my information, and went to save. Lo and behold, the save button was GONE. It had been there just a couple minutes prior, when I had saved a different element. I switched between Chrome and Firefox to see if it may have been something in my cache, the browser, anything on my side. I was unsuccessful, and finally resorted to sending a message to the helpdesk (staffed M-F, 8a-5p, except holidays) asking what happened. I figured a maintenance update had gone haywire. Of course, I had to wait until Tuesday for a response, since Monday was a holiday.
Imagine my shock and horror at seeing this as the response to my problem:
Seriously? Internet Explorer ONLY? Which version? 4, back when it was the market share leader? I did some investigating and found that as of last month, according to w3Schools.com, IE only garnered 20% of market share. Even the most generous statistics I found on statcounter.com give IE in the US less than 48% as of January 2012, and dropping. Have they thought about the fastest growing segments of the web-consuming world (mobiles – especially iPad/iPhone with Safari, and Android) at all? Not to mention Macs sales are handily outpacing PCs these days. It's hip to be Mac, especially for a causal user, and for the technorati, Linux with IE? Um, no.
Hey unnamed-website-management guys, time to face reality. There's more than one browser in the race, and it seems you've backed the one fading down the stretch.