MATRADE’s (Malaysia External Trade Development Corporation) mission is to develop and promote Malaysia’s export to the world. It has a good looking Joomla powered website but it is not non-Internet-Explorer user friendly.
When you try to access the registration form using other web browser, it will redirect you to a notice page says “Please use ONLY Microsoft Internet Explorer for you to view this form” and shows an image of various web browser icons (see image above) but only one get “ticked” – IE. (I wonder how much time the web developer took to create the image.)
Why did the developer choose to ignore the web standard and make the form available to IE only? Calum Halcrow thinks that the system is probably highly tied to Microsoft .NET or other technologies. For your information, Malaysia government is “Microsoft-Friendly”.
Ironically, the footer of the website says “Best viewed on Firefox 3 with 1024*764 resolution” while Firefox gets a “negative” by the online registration form.
I would like to inform the MATRADE web developer that IE is only the 3rd popular browser in Malaysia. Most popular browser is Google Chrome and followed by Mozilla Firefox.
Yes, I’ll send this page to MATRADE webmaster.