Seriously? A browser tax? Many of you may recollect all the old chain mails that made the email circuit annually regarding an email "surcharge" for every message a person would send or receive. Evidently, we are getting a little bit closer to that reality.
According to Ruslan Kogan this is the world's first Internet Explorer 7 "tax".
The Australian online retailer Kogan.com has introduced the world's first "tax" on Microsoft's Internet Explorer 7 (IE7) browser.
Customers who use IE7 will have to pay an extra surcharge on online purchases made through the firm's site.
Chief executive Ruslan Kogan told the BBC he wanted to recoup the time and costs involved in "rendering the website into a antique browser".
The charge is set to 6.8% - 0.1% for every month since the IE7 launch.
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Whatever happened to the concept that web operators and designers, as well as browser creators, would all be compelled to ensure W3C compatibility? Even so, doesn't compatibility fall under "operating costs" and should be built into the costs of doing business and not be a tax on those users? Or, how about this novel option: inform your customers that your website is NOT compatible with the older versions. As long as you list the compatible browsers and versions, customers are less likely to complain.