Tuesday Aug 21, 2007

Bank of Beijing announces the drop of Firefox support for the online bank

I'm quite astonished by a short message from my friend this morning. The main point is that Bank of Beijing announces the drop of Firefox support for the online bank system. Following is the Chinese version of that message. I don't get all the ideas about the reasons:-( The reasons why they do this is mostly about the compatibility of IE and Firefox. And they don't care about web standard so much actually.

I'll try to translate it into English below.

您好,感谢您一直使用并支持北京银行个人网银系统,个人网银新版上线后,我们将不再支持Firefox浏览器,原因如下:1、Firefox作为一种开源的浏览器,要求开发的语言必须具有通用性,虽然firefox可以添加许多安全插件,但由于一些插件是第三方开发的,所以语言的差异性就更加的显著,很有可能造成浏览时出现问题。
2、 Firefox为了兼容windows,linux,unix和max os,必须制作一种统一的浏览器内核,而实际上,这些操作系统的网页浏览方式是不一样的,所以在css,javascript,vbscript等网页脚本语言的调用方式上也是不同的,因此,在用非IE的浏览器上使用网上银行会出现样式错乱或者使用出错的情况。
3、原来的网银系统使用的框架主要是静态jsp实现方式,仅仅应用了很少的样式结构,所以,对于浏览器的兼容性基本没有影响。但是新的网银系统使用了较多的css和较高版本的js,所以会出现对于firefox不兼容的问题。
鉴于上述原因,我们建议你使用系统自带的IE浏览器,由此给您带来的不便,敬请谅解,在中国传统的春节到来之际,北京银行祝您工作顺利,节日快乐,希望您能一如既往的支持北京银行。谢谢!

The English version:

Hi there,

Thanks for your adoption and support to the Bank of Beijing personal online bank system all along. Please be informed that the newer version of the online bank won't support Firefox browser any more. The reasons are as below:
1. Firefox is an open source browser. The programming language needs to have the universal property. Although Firefox could add many security extensions(plugins?), some extensions are provided by the third parties which makes the language otherness even worse(?). This will bring some browsing problems.
2. To provide the cross-platform functionality for Firefox(Windows/Linux/Unix/Mac OS), it's necessary to develop a unified browser engine. However, different OSes have different browsing techniques, also different call method with the script languages such as CSS/Javascript/vbscript. So the online bank system will have style error or usage error with non-IE browsers.
3. The old version of the online bank are mostly static jsp pages, only a small set of style(CSS). And there are no big impacts if you use non-IE browsers. The situation is different with the newer version. It uses a lot CSS and higher version js syntax. So comes the compatibility issues for Firefox.

Based on the reasons mentioned above, we suggest that you could use IE bundled with the OS(Windows). Please understand the inconvenience. Hope that you can support us as always. Thanks.

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