It’s good to see that Natwest have upgraded their online banking system to .NET and added accessibility support, however, it’s not good that they now block all beta versions of Firefox from accessing the site, including 1.5 beta 1 which I’m using now.
I can understand that its a pre-release browser, and not one that they can guarantee to support, but not allowing versions of web browsers is ridiculous, especially if you look at the simplicity of the site itself. There are no browser specific functions at all. A few years back, I can understand why they would be reluctant to grant non-browser specific access, but in this day and age, it’s ludicrous.
Although they have added Safari support, I doubt Camino is supported (even though it would be based on the same rendering engine as Firefox 1.0 would have), nor is Opera, however they have decided to support venerable and sometimes insucure browsers such as Netscape 7 and Internet Explorer 5 for the Mac. Come on Natwest, you can do better than this, I was actually hoping for a completely accessable website written in XHTML that was completely cross-browser compatible.
I wonder how much someone charged them for this.