Tuesday, October 17, 2006

"This page requires Internet Explorer..." pseudo-fix

For those enlighted ones that use Firefox browser there has always been a problem with viewing some pages that are specifically made for Internet Explorer. Sometimes, these pages even display a boring message such as "This page requires Internet Explorer to function properly".

This is somewhat annoying and arrogant, since Firefox can do anything that Internet Explorer can do, and better. So, the problem remains in the User Agent that is being sent over the HTTP Connection. When some of these sites (usually related to Internet Banking) receive the connection and see that the User Agent is Firefox (or any other) they display this ridiculous message.

To avoid this, you can use a Firefox extension called the User Agent Switcher. This extension allows you to "deceive" these sites by saying that in fact you're using Internet Explorer. As long as the web page doesn't have ActiveX content, you're home free.

I know that this may come as a sacrilege to some, but at least we can prove that Firefox is a better tool and that this discrimination is useless and ridiculous.

Tip from: Monkey Bites

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