Cross Browser Functionality – how our Government does it

Anyone who works in the field of web-development will be well aware of the problems of the inconsistencies between the ways different browsers work. All too often, we find ourselves saying such things as “Well, it worked fine in Firefox/Chrome/Opera, why won’t it work in Internet Explorer 6/7/8/9/10”.

The latest issue of Private Eye magazine led me to this site; http://www.dwp.gov.uk/eservice/need.asp – an online portal for claiming Disability Living Allowance. Obviously, the current Government is committed to making it as hard as possible for anyone to claim any sort of benefit, but this site takes it a little too far;

Operating systems and browsers

The service does not work properly with Macs or other Unix-based systems even though you may be able to input information.

You are likely to have problems if you use Internet Explorer 7, 8, 9 and 10, Windows Vista or a smartphone. Clearing temporary internet files may help but you may wish to claim in another way.

There is also a high risk that if you use browsers not listed below, including Chrome, Safari or Firefox, the service will not display all the questions you need to answer. This is likely to prevent you from successfully completing or submitting the form. You may wish to claim in another way.

In short – you can only claim for this benefit on-line if you haven’t updated your computer or browser for ten years.

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