Browser support is a tricky one, as I'm sure the author of any website will tell you.
We have a short policy... try and provide a good quality experience for
users of the main browsers... statistically I believe thats Internet Explorer and
In recent years, the browsers have improved, and various issues that used to
plague us, now no longer appear to be a concern. However, they have also
'improved' their security. These 'improvements' have made it more and more
difficult for use to provide the feature we pioneered... the graphics pack.
The graphics pack was a package containing the sites graphics and stylesheets,
that you could install on your machine. This meant that your browser didn't have
to download the images and your experience was much improved. We pioneered this
technique way back in 2001 when we were developing the game and had a whole bunch
of people playing it down a 56K modem line. With each successive browser upgrade,
more and more security 'improvements' have been added that have made it more
and more difficult to get the packs working with IE and Firefox (Opera stopped
working many moons ago), and so, for the foreseeable future, the packs are no more.
Instead, you can pick the colour scheme you want in-game, and to the best of
my knowledge, the whole site should now work great with IE and Firefox and
should be acceptable with Opera and other browsers.
Due to the many differences that exist between browsers, its unlikely we'll
ever support every one, but as stated, we will always try to support the
most common ones.