The hot news on the web this week has been Google releasing its own browser, Google Chrome. Most reviews praise the new browser, and my experiences with it so far have been strongly positive. But… what does this mean for online business?
Well first thing is that you should download the browser and take a good look at how your website runs. Go to every page of your site, fill out your contact forms, make a booking or fulfil an order. The key here is to test every part of your functionality.
You may find it interesting that Google Chrome uses the same rendering engine as Safari for Macintosh, so how you see your website in Chrome will be the same as how it will look for Mac users with Safari.
Web developers job just got a little trickier with the introduction of Chrome, as there’s now another browser to add to the mix of our testing regime. If you’d like to know how your website looks in a whole bunch of browsers, have a look at Browser Cam.
I encountered a very interesting phenomena today when I was asked to present 3 workshops at the Business Liaison Association’s Women and Careers Forum 2008 for International Womens Day Week of Celebrations.
The workshops are themed around informing girls about their career options within a number of different fields; law, defence forces, fashion, health, tourism, journalism, engineering, science, hospitality, and of course, IT!
Two of the girls from my office, Emmy Kerrigan and Belinda Vere were also to participate in the workshops sharing their experiences through their study achievements and employment choices they’ve made to get them into their current positions.
Unfortunately, there was not one girl interested in IT. We were due to deliver 3 workshops, and there wasn’t enough interest for even one! Engineering had a similar response, but were lucky enough to have a single interested participant.
So.. what’s the problem here? What is it about the IT industry that turns girls away from considering it as a career choice? Please share your thoughts.