Senate Finance Committee Website Optimized for Netscape

netscape-senateSpencer Ackerman discovered and Matt Yglesias is spreading the word on this helpful advisory on the home page of the US Senate Committee on Finance:

This site is optimized for Netscape Navigator 4.x or Internet Explorer 4.x, with an 800×600 screen resolution.

As Matt observes, “Netscape 4 was, of course, a fine product in its day. But its day was 1997-98.”  Then again, he notes that the Senate as a whole seems to be outmoded, “so arguably the Finance Committee is ahead of the curve.”

Readers helpfully point out that Committee websites are unlikely to receive high funding priorities and that being operational in ancient browsers likely ensures maximum usability.  And, indeed, the site renders fine in my Firefox 3.6 browser and 1280×1024 dual monitor display.  But still.

Oh, and the helpful links take readers to a 404 page and IE 8.

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  1. UlyssesUnbound says:

    Optimized for netscape navigator, and uses real audio components? This post just gave me the same feeling I get when I see a Fresh Prince of Bel Air rerun…disgust with a hint of nostalgia.

  2. Matt says:

    Oh man that site will blind you horribly in firefox at 1920×1200 with a 1280×1024 secondary monitor though 😛