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Old 09-22-2003, 12:13 PM   #1
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wesbites in linux non-IE browsers


I am having trouble using Natwest online banking in linux. I get a webpage saying it only works in IE or netscape 4.0-4.78. Does anyone know a workaround for this. I tried the option in konqueror where you can say 'my browser is IE' to the outside world, but it seems their webpage is clever and sees through this trick. Ideally I want to have it work in mozilla firebird since that is my favoured browser. googling seems to show their is no published workaround by anyone as of yet, but perhaps someone here knows or hasnt seen this problem before and has a fresh idea after reading this.

On another note it would be good if fellow natwest customers with the same problem made sure to send a complaint via their online feedback forms because they will never change this until they see enough people dont want to use windows or anitquated netscape browsers. They told me when I complained they were fully aware people use other browsers, but chose not to support other browsers - isnt the philosophy of html and javascript that it shouldnt depend on the software I use?


Old 09-22-2003, 12:31 PM   #2
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Switch banks. Taking your money elsewhere is the one thing that will cause them to take notice.

Old 09-22-2003, 12:36 PM   #3
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I totally agree with speter.

Websites should be build according to w3c (among other) standards.
Old 09-22-2003, 12:44 PM   #4
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Give opera a try, usually workes in situations like this.
Old 09-22-2003, 12:48 PM   #5
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I've found the opposite. For the banks I use, Opera doesn't work, but Mozilla works great... go figure (since I usually browse in Opera).
Old 09-22-2003, 12:50 PM   #6
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isnt the philosophy of html and javascript that it shouldnt depend on the software I use?

yes, but unfortunately it doesnt, i would reccomend as speter did that you change banks in protest, i use the halifax myself and although i dont like the idea of online banking, it works absolutly fine from mozilla, it doesnt work in w3m but i shouldnt moan.
Old 09-22-2003, 01:02 PM   #7
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You can run IE under wine - perhaps that is your easiest solution (although getting the bank to improve their site is the best one).

Go for the Bank of Scotland it works in IE and Mozilla.
Old 09-22-2003, 01:10 PM   #8
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Angry your bank isn't concerned with you the customer....

Sounds like they just want your money. I would agree with everyone else that it's time to change banks...
darn Hex-P users.

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