Greasemonkey to the rescue! 16 May, 2005
Matthew came up with an accessible version of the Odeon site and offered it up for free as a public service. Odeon were initally happy with this — and why not? They got more ticket bookings and more people could get information on their services — but then of course the predictable lawyers’ letters starting dropping on Matthew’s doormat, citing the Data Protection Act, copyright laws, etc. etc.
There’s just no helping some people. Well, Matthew took the site down, Odeon introduced a lame text-only version of their site (no on-line booking etc.), and that was that… Until Greasemonkey came along that is! As Matthew says:
Obviously this is client side, so is perfectly okay; I am not copying any information, infringing any copyright, or allegedly misleading anybody. Note the script is not exactly very long; all that’s left to wonder is why Odeon couldn’t apply these fixes any time in the last 3-4 years…
So, well done to Matthew, and shame on Odeon. Here’s hoping some other businesses take heed: the web can make you money if you let it. There is no excuse for IE-only websites in this day and age.