Why don’t Israelis Design for Firefox?

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I love Firefox. I loved it before version 2.0, and now I love it even more. With its shiny new interface, amazing tabbed features, and fabulous plugins, why would anyone use Internet Explorer anymore? And for anyone who cares about web standards, Firefox is it.

But for some reason Israelis don’t have a clue about Firefox – both designers and users. Too many Israeli web sites break apart in Firefox, or tell you that certain content can only be viewed with IE. I know that the huge majority of web users use IE, but a designer’s job is to take everyone into account. And it’s not like Firefox has ignored the Israeli community – there is a complete Hebrew version of the browser which can be easily downloaded from the site.

If so many Israeli sites don’t work in Firefox, how can I expect Israelis to use it? Luckily there is a great plug in called IE Tab, which allows the user to choose to view certain sites in a tab that renders the site just as IE would. This is very useful, and has enabled me to mostly stay away from IE.

So come on – why don’t you try Firefox out? You’ll be amazed at how quickly it opens, and you can’t beat the tabbed browsing and snazzy add-ons/plugins!