Incompatibility and the Modern Browser


I spent a lot of time trying to get HTML5 audio to work but just could not get it functioning in internet explorer (IE). I googled. I changed the code around. I added file types. I googled again.

Eventually, I discovered that my code did work on internet explorer, just not on my computer. This led to a new quest to isolate the problem. I updated drivers. I reset defaults. I re-installed internet explorer. I could not get it to work in IE11 on my desktop running Win 7 64 bit.

Finally, I broke down and called Microsoft. I spoke to a nice technician within 1 minute. He explained to me that IE11 was designed for Windows 8 and that about 11% of Win 7 users would find it incompatible. I ended up having to go back to IE9 to get the audio files to play properly.

I know there are a lot of IE haters out there but, as you can see, it still represents a large share of desktop users. I felt that it was important to be sure that it was important to try to address this group. I am not sure that I can help the about 11% like myself with compatibility issues but, at least, I know it is not my fault and, if I am having problems that don’t seem to make sense, I will consider the possibility that the browser may be at fault earlier in the process.

About Robert

Robert is a novice web site developer. A lack of professional training has not prevented him from creating some very nice websites for small businesses who would otherwise have gone without a web presence.


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5 Responses to “Incompatibility and the Modern Browser”

  1. Karen Mackle July 4, 2014 at 11:11 am # Reply

    Great article, exactly what I needed.

    • Robert July 10, 2014 at 7:45 am # Reply


    • Awan July 21, 2014 at 3:43 am # Reply

      I always use the build-in video dodnloawer of my Avant browser, it will show you a download button on top right corner. Even the ADS before videos can be downloaded.

  2. Kate Spade Bags October 15, 2014 at 7:38 am # Reply

    Apologize for my noobie question. Could you tell me what this site skin is? I truly like it. Or is it custom one, perhaps? I think it will be a good option for Google ads too. I’d like it if you can let me know about this. Thanks.

    • Robert October 26, 2014 at 6:15 pm # Reply

      This is a free WordPress theme entitled Swatch.

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