Archive for February, 2007

Why You Don’t Skimp on QA

06 Feb

Wow, Wal-Mart really screwed the pooch on this one. If you visit their new Video Download beta site, you get a somewhat nice experience – not great, but not too bad – provided you are using Internet Explorer:

Walmart Video Downloads in IE (thumbnail)

If, however, you are using a modern browser such as say, Firefox, your experience is somewhat … shall we say, different?

Walmart Video Downloads in Firefox (thumbnail)

Notice anything wrong? Obviously, no one mentioned that over 10% of the country uses Firefox, including what might be a disproportionate number of the users who might use a download service like this. Of course, we are talking about Wal-Mart customers…

I sure hope that someone loses their job over this – this is sloppy and a REALLY poor example of what happens when you don’t do proper QA (or use qualified designers). I could go to town on the code itself, but could I really do worse than what they already show here?