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    SitePoint Zealot Webmommy's Avatar
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    Red face Designing for Mac viewers using windows 98?

    Does anyone know of any emulators or any way to test my pages or make sure they look good on a Mac also?

    I dont have access to a Mac but had a Mac user email me once with a screen capture of my site and it looked aweful.

    I'd appreciate any info you guys can give

    Thank you!!

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    I have looked into this extensively, and I hate to disappoint you, but the simple answer is no;( Although Mac users enjoy such products as 'virtual PC' (by Connectix I think), where they actually recieve a licence for Windows, you can forget an emulator for Mac OS on PC. Virtual PC is really cool, allowing you to run MS Windows (all be it a bit slower) in a window on Mac OS, the only emulators that I am aware of on the PC run such an old version of Mac OS, you would be lucky to get a text browser running!!

    However, I can tell you that Im sure I read somewhere that type renders about 25% smaller on Mac OS browsers, and I myself have experienced alignment nightmares with tables in IE on Mac OS.

    How important is it to you...bear in mind that Mac OS only has about 4% market share. It very much depends on your audience. Im not saying forget them by any means, but they are a small minority.
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    If it's important that your site look identical on a Mac, then you might consider using Javascript to detect the user's browser and OS, then serve them a slightly different flavor of your page.

    One thing to ask is this...what browser was your friend using? Older versions of Netscape and IE 4.5 for the Mac were complete trash. If your site looks bad in them I wouldn't worry about it. If, on the other hand, your friend is using IE 5 for the Mac, then you've got some problems. That browser has one of the best rendering engines of any browser.

    As jonnya stated, most of the differences will have to do with size. Fonts, HR tags and FORM elements are the biggest offenders.
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    Yessss!!

    Someone at last looking out for us mac users

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    SitePoint Wizard creole's Avatar
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    It's not that I'm looking out for Macs. It's just that I want my sites to be viewable by the largest percentage of people possible.

    I want my sites to look acceptable on Linux browsers as well.
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    creole-this person was a developer, So I am assuming he had the latest version

    Thanks for the help guys!
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