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    Question Tables -> CSS (Testing)

    I would like to move from tables to CSS now. I am a professional and need my work to be solid. I am worried that my design after it is given to a client will be found to display badly in some browsers. I am not even talking about weird ones, but something like IE5 on Windows. I run IE 6 and can not possibly test with all the browsers out there. I test with IE6 and FireFox now while I am learning, but what about the other large number of combinations of browser, version and OS version. The number of combinations must be staggering...

    How do you guys get around this type of problem?

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    There are a few websites that will allow you to check your design on alot if not all other browswers out there.

    If you design your site and its standards compliant it theoretically should work in most broswers, granted there are catches sometimes, but generally speaking.

    Hope this helps.

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    You can install multiple different versions of IE on one machine - instructions here:

    http://labs.insert-title.com/labs/article.aspx?ID=795

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    Quote Originally Posted by rommi
    How do you guys get around this type of problem?
    I code and test in Firefox 1.0, and then test the finished templates/site in IE6, IE5, IE5.5, Opera 7 and Netscape 7. I also either get a mate to look at it on a Mac, or use iCapture to check a few random pages.

    The testing is usually restricted to checking that it all looks okay; I'll very rarely test the functionality (just assume that Javascript will work as intended in all browsers).

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    Can you give me some URLs?

    Quote Originally Posted by deronsizemore
    There are a few websites that will allow you to check your design on alot if not all other browswers out there.

    If you design your site and its standards compliant it theoretically should work in most broswers, granted there are catches sometimes, but generally speaking.

    Hope this helps.
    Can you give me some URLs?

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    Any web designer worth his salt should have at least these browsers installed as they are easily available.

    ie5,
    ie5.5
    ie6
    Mozilla 1.2+
    Firefox
    Opera7+
    NN 6.2

    You will probably find that not all your table sites render perfectly in all those so don't be too critical of css

    If you care about mac users (less than 2% of all visitors) then you should check ie5 mac and safari. You can get web capture for safari from bradleys link above.

    For other browsers you will probably have to pay for a reliable service.

    http://www.browsercam.com/

    The best way is to install as many browsers as you can yourself because its almost impossible to debug by screenshot alone.

    You can pick up old browsers from here:

    http://browsers.evolt.org/

    (or from any old magazine discs you've probably got lying around)

    Paul

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    Quote Originally Posted by Buddy Bradley
    You can install multiple different versions of IE on one machine - instructions here:

    http://labs.insert-title.com/labs/article.aspx?ID=795

    ...thats great, but I have XP Home with IE 6.0...

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    thats great, but I have XP Home with IE 6.0
    So do I - theres no problem installing the multiple versions.

    Go here for the already packaged version:

    http://www.skyzyx.com/downloads/

    Worked straight out of the box for me

    Paul


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