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IE7: Were they ready? FAQs 29 Oct 2006

Since publishing the results of our "IE7: Were they ready?" study last Thursday, we've been inundated with emails and enquiries (Thanks to all those who have been in touch!). Here are some of the most frequently asked questions we've received so far.

Is this an attempt to "name and shame"?

No. One of the reasons we've decided to release the results of this project now is so that those affected will have time to fix their sites before the automated roll-out of IE completes on the 1st November. We also thought you might want to sanity-check the impact of IE7 on the interweb for yourself.

My site is broken in IE7, what should I do?

We'd be happy to fix it for you ;-) Please contact us for a quote. (You can find out more about our Web Standards Design service here).

What set-up did you use to test the sites?

We used Pentium-IV-based PCs with a Windows XP OS and 17" monitors (set at 1024 x 768px resolution). Oh, and IE6 and IE7. Obviously.

How did you configure the two browsers?

We left the default settings of each browser intact, as we figured these are likely the most common settings. We anticipate that most home users won't bother / or won't know how to change them.

What is the FTSE-100?

The FTSE 100 Index (pronounced "footsie") is a share index of the 100 largest companies listed on the London Stock Exchange. Find out more about the FTSE 100 from Wikipedia.

Why choose the FTSE 100?

Why not?

No seriously, why choose the FTSE 100?

The FTSE 100 is seen as a barometer of the success of the British economy and is the leading share index in Europe. One hundred sites is also a nice number to test ;-)

There are 101 listings in the FTSE 100, so why are there only 100 companies in your study?

Trying to catch us out huh? You're right there are 101 listings in the index. But there are still only 100 companies. Two classes of shares are included for Royal Dutch Shell.

Do you know of any high-profile cases of IE6 / IE7 incompatibility?

We've heard that Reuters and PeopleSoft have issued directives warning their IE6-using customers not to install IE7.

What are the limitations of this study?

We only tested the homepage of each website, so we can't be sure whether or not other pages are broken.

It's also worth pointing out that the general lack of adherence to web standards amongst the FTSE 100 companies may have insulated them somewhat from IE7's various bugs and glitches (IE7 tends to struggle most with standards-compliant sites - particularly those using hacks and filters to achieve decent presentation in IE6). Given that most sites aren't standards-compliant however, we think our results are pretty representative.

Have you published any other studies?

Yes - you might be interested in taking a look at our "Five days / five heatmaps" eye tracking study.

How can I find out when new studies are published on your site?

Either sign up to our newsletter or subscribe to our RSS feed. Better still - do both!

Got a question that isn't answered above? Either drop us a line or add a comment to this post and we'll get right back to you.

Update: See our IE7: Were they ready? Redux post for some serious IE7 presentation problems with the sites of a number of major UK retailers.

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