New NLM Site Not Designed for Older Browsers?

Yesterday I reported that NLM redesigned their website and I mentioned that I kind of liked the design.  Today people on MEDLIB-L are reporting problems viewing the site.  The biggest complaint (and a valid one) is that they see blue links on a blue background.  What they should see is this image as displayed on the Technical Bulletin, instead they see this which is clearly difficult to read.

Is this a browser issue?  I would think it is.  The people who are reporting this problem seem to have IE 7 or lower.  I have IE 8 and all of my computers are IE 8 so I really can’t confirm whether it is browser incompatibility issue.  I have Firefox and the site does well on Firefox.  However as one person pointed out on MEDLIB-Lthis could also be a style sheet loading problem, they recommend going into Tools and changing the check box for formatting documents using my style sheet. 

As I said I don’t have IE 7 on any of my computers, so I cannot verify if this is a fix or not. 

What perplexes me slightly is why NLM would design a site that is not very compatible with IE 7?

UPDATE: I logged into my email on 1/13/11 and there was a post on MEDLIB-L from a person at NLM.  According to the email, they are actively investigating the problem.  Prior to the launch they did test the site on IE 6,7,8, and 9 beta as well as Firefox, Safari, and Chrome.  They did not see any issues prior to the release.  However, there are some IE 7 users who are seeing this problem.

They want your help identifying the cause.  If your home page looks very different from the image at http://www.nlm.nih.gov/news/nlmhomepage_2011.png contact them at customer service email or their contact page http://apps.nlm.nih.gov/mainweb/siebel/nlm/index.cfm

Please give a detailed description of your IE version and operating system. 

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