Astoundingly Stupid Harris Technology Catalogue


Astoundingly Stupid Harris Technology Catalogue

I wanted to have a look at prices for flash drives at the moment, so I had a look at the Harris Technology website.  In big letters it announces that the “May 2009 Catalogue Out Now – Click here to view and download”.  Great I think, I’ll click and have a look.  So I click.  And it tells me that since I don’t have flash player I can’t read the catalogue.  Imagine refusing to give a person a price in a store because they weren’t wearing a (choose your item of clothing) scarf.  Exactly what do they have to gain from keeping me ignorant?

It is all the more annoying because, having a look at the html source, the flash player is just a front end to a pdf which they’re happy for people to download.  The relevant line is

document.write(‘<p><a href=”javascript:OpenWindow(\’HTOC\’,\” + ‘/pdf/promotion/catalogue/20090504_may_catalogue/20090504_may_catalogue.pdf’ + ‘\’, 1000, 600, \’no\’);”>View online now (PDF)</a> <img src=”/images/icons/ico_external_link.gif” alt=”This link will open a pop-up window” align=”absmiddle” /></p>’);

A more extensive extract:

<script language="JavaScript" type="text/javascript">

			<!--

			var hasRightVersion = DetectFlashVer(requiredMajorVersion, requiredMinorVersion, requiredRevision);

			if(hasRightVersion) {  // if we've detected an acceptable version

					var sURL = '/flash/catalogue/20090504/default.asp?nCartQty=0&nCartTotal=0.00';		

					var nPage = GetQueryVariable('Page');
					if (nPage != undefined) {
						sURL = sURL + '&nPage=' + nPage;
					} else {
						sURL = sURL + '&nPage=1';
					}

					//var oWindow = window.open(sURL, 'HTOC', 'width=1000,height=600,resizable=no,scrollbars=no');

					// window name is referenced from Flash Catalogue
					//window.name = "Parent";

					//if (oWindow == null || typeof(oWindow) == "undefined") {

					//	document.write('<p style="font-size: 11px; color: #FF0000; margin: 10px 0px; clear: both;"><img src="/images/icons/ico_important.gif" alt="Important" align="absmiddle" style="padding-right: 2px;">Your browser is currently configured to block pop-up windows. Click the link below to launch our online catalogue.</p>');
					//}

					document.write('<p><a href="javascript:OpenWindow(\'HTOC\',\'' + sURL + '\', 1000, 600, \'no\');">View online now (Flash)</a> <img src="/images/icons/ico_external_link.gif" alt="This link will open a pop-up window" align="absmiddle" /></p>');

					document.write('<p><a href="javascript:OpenWindow(\'HTOC\',\'' + '/pdf/promotion/catalogue/20090504_may_catalogue/20090504_may_catalogue.pdf' + '\', 1000, 600, \'no\');">View online now (PDF)</a> <img src="/images/icons/ico_external_link.gif" alt="This link will open a pop-up window" align="absmiddle" /></p>');

				} else {  // flash is too old or we can't detect the plugin
					var alternateContent = '<p style="font-size: 11px; margin: 10px 0px; clear: both;"><img src="/images/icons/ico_important.gif" alt="Important" align="absmiddle" style="padding-right: 2px;"> Our Online Catalogue requires Flash Player 8 to be viewed correctly. <a href="http://www.macromedia.com/go/getflash/" target="_blank">Click here</a> to download the latest Flash Player.</p>';

					document.write(alternateContent);  // insert non-flash content
				}

		// -->

	</script>

Twerps

The URL, for anyone who wants to download the catalogue is:

http://www.harristechnology.com.au/pdf/promotion/catalogue/20090504_may_catalogue/20090504_may_catalogue.pdf

Although why I should help them is beyond me.

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