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    I just noticed in my stats browser type reports that 7% of my visitors are using web TV. How can I check that my site is OK for these users, apart from signing up for web TV ?

    What do you all do?

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    WebTV has a whole site dedicated to making your sites work in their browsers. They have even developed a WebTV emulator that you can use on your computer. To get this and other tools go to: http://developer.webtv.net

    This is your single best resource for developing WebTV compliant sites and applications.
    Wayne Luke
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    You can find WebTV viewer for PC at:
    http://developer.webtv.net/design/to...er/Default.htm

    I also recommend to take a look to http://developer.webtv.net/design/checklist/Default.htm for basic considerations how to develop WebTV compatible web pages.

    Edit:

    This is the same site as the one mr. Luke gave you, but these are direct url's Half of a minute too late.

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    Thanks for the info!

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    Now I've tried the program - what a strange sensation! But it's really great - very useful, and if only TV remotes could be as easy to find in real life!

    Now all I've got to do is re-design my site so that it's OK for WebTV, by which time WAP will be ready to pounce ...

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    Maybe redesign it and say click here if you are on a webtv. But dont just redesign the whole site for webtv. It will look horrible on a computer! You should take the majority in mind.

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    Thanks for the link hmahonen, it will be real useful. I'm downloading it now.

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    It even covers PAL (which I think we use over here in Europe & UK - any TV engineers please correct me!) and the US/Japanese format. Their design suggestions pages are useful too.

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    For many site developers, no amount of redesign will make a web page friendly to WebTV. In such cases, it's probably smartest and easiest to just dodge the issue -- by making up special pages that *are* suitable for WebTV, and redirecting to them.

    JavaScript can easily pick up WebTV visitors; and a simple "sniffer" with redirection might look something like this...

    <SCRIPT LANGUAGE="JavaScript">
    if(navigator.appName.indexOf("WebTV") != -1){
    window.location = "WebTvPage.html";
    }
    </SCRIPT>

    ... which would see incoming WebTV visitors, and immediately send them to WebTvPage.html.



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