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    browser compatability

    I was wondering if anybody could give me some good ideas as to how I can build my page so that it will be compatable with all browsers.

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    browser compatibility

    yeah... sure... text only, default font, no tables, no java, no dhtml, no layers, no flash, no sound...

    i don't think it's possible to have one single site compatible with all browsers... go join http://www.webstandards.org - or at least go check out what they have to say about this issue.

    meanwhile, keeping it simple is your best bet - or designing different pages for different browsers and installing a browser check script to direct your traffic... (welcome to headacheville)

    this issue is the biggest annoyance in being a designer... good luck!
    kera mchugh
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    Keep your nesting tables less than 3 layers deep.

    Design the entire site in site a 760 pixel width table.

    Keep things simple.

    Buy more Asprin, Advil, Marija...., whatever gets the pain out.


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    Forget about CSS and Js....

    You could design two different pages and direct traffic regarding to the browser(I've seen a javascript do this), but some browsers don't even support that(unless you can find a server-side one). Like somebody at sitepoint(i think) put it, it's impossible to make a page look the same in browsers that can't even agree on the width of a text area. Just stick to the w3c standards. Then, when some NS4 guy comes up to you and whines that "your site doesn't load in my browser", you can say "screw you buddy, get a freaking standards-compliant browser".

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    I would suggest ditching tables entirely and designing for version 5 browsers, perhaps with a version available for older browsers. Products designed for backward compatability almost alway suck. And when it comes to web pages the result is usually an ugly mess of browser detection code, nested tables, and spacer .gifs.....yes, it works, but come on people, its the 21st century, lets move away from early 90s coding conventions alreayd!

    Didn't you guys read this sitepoint article?

    http://www.webmasterbase.com/article.php/379

    -P

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    For my site, I'm actually developing two versions. One plain version with CSS only for things which aren't vital to design, and one fully CSS-ized(for newer browsers). But I'm trying to do it in a way so I only have to update the content once each time. And also keeping to XHTML standards

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    do you determine which version the user sees?

    Do you have it setup where it determines the browser used and gives them the corresponding page or does the user choose which version they wish to see?


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