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Tesco.com Website – Update


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Well, if proof were needed that Tesco were aware of my blog entry, just a day after my last comment, they sent me the following email…

Thank you for your email

We would like to offer our sincere apologies for the delay in reply. Unfortunately, we have experienced technical difficulties which have resulted in a number of our responses not being sent.

All customer contact is incredibly valuable to us and we understand how frustrating this must be. We are currently working on these issues. You will shortly receive our original reply to your enquiry.

Thank you for your patience.

Interesting. However, the “official” reply came today…

Thank you for your email.

I’m sorry to hear that you were having some problems when trying to shop at Tesco.com.

You are correct in what you say. At the moment we would advise that Firebox 3 is not compatible with our website. Fire fox 2 works reasonably well but not 3. I am afraid.

Re the OK button on the notes. Its because of the screen resolution you are using. A higher resolution would cure this. To get round it all that you need to do is press the tab key until the OK button comes into view.

Hmmm. I’m not impressed. My reply, which I think sums this up, is as follows…

Thank you for the reply.

However, I disagree with what you say with regard to the “OK button on the notes”. My screen resolution is 1280×1024 – perfectly fine. Besides, the issue was with a pop-up window, the size of which is defined by your own website. However, with the introduction of Internet Explorer 7, some of this room was taken up by the web address, which was previously missing. This was for security reasons.

I’m guessing your pop-up isn’t taking this into account. However, you have equally set the pop-up not to allow scrolling so “pressing tab” will not make the option magically appear.

What else can I say? They can’t blame MY setup for their pop-up not displaying fully. They should be testing better – they certainly don’t appear to test with FF3 or IE7.

As for the Firefox issue being down to Firefox 3, well, I’m yet unconvinced and will have to test the theory when I can. However, with 8 million people downloading FF3 on the day of release alone, I’d say a rather large proportion of Firefox users are moving over – for their site not to work on this version of the browser is a rather big issue. Even a message on site indicating that this is happening would have been far better than me wasting my time.

I’d also like to comment on this line…

Fire fox 2 works reasonably well but not 3. I am afraid.

Les (the name of the person who replied), it’s not the end of the world if it doesn’t work on Firefox 3. There’s certainly no need to be afraid. It’s really not that bad.

Could I humbly suggest that Tesco install spelling and grammer checks on their outgoing mail?


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1 Comment

  1. Well, it’s official.

    I’ve tested their site on Firefox 2 – yes 2 – in Linux (yes, I’m a geek) and guess what? Yep, their site hangs on the search box.

    “Only Firefox 3” my arse.

    Basically, don’t use Tesco for online shopping if you use Firefox. Or Internet Explorer 7.

    I wonder what will happen in Opera and Safari… I feel some more testing coming on.

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