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    Don't get too close, I bite! Nicky's Avatar
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    Hi
    I would like to know if anyone uses any alternative browsers to check their web design before they apply it to their whole site. If so:
    * which ones do you use?
    * why do you use these particular ones?
    * advantages/disadvantages

    Thanks

    [Edited by Nicky on 10-08-2000 at 07:15 AM]

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    As ignorant as it may sound, I just worry about IE. Occassionally I'll check it with NS, but it is so incompatible that I get frustrated and ignore it. CSS is the wave of the future. I don't like always being told to wait for the next version for compatibility. I'd like to use the standards that are out there now. Besides, IE is faster than NS.

    So, all that said, if you want to check for compatibility, check against IE and NS. Opera and all of the others are such a small percentage of the users, that I wouldn't worry about them.
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    Don't get too close, I bite! Nicky's Avatar
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    Have you tried Amaya by the http://www.w3c.org
    It is up top date with all the latest technologies.

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    I haven't done a whole lot of designing in the last couple of months, but I think it's worth checking code in Opera. Opera is loads of fun to play with, but I still use IE.

    If it looks good in Netscape, IE, and Opera, thats probably over 98% of your visitors. The rest would include WebTV visitors and users of other browsers (Lynx, Arcane, etc).

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    I always make first sure that the site looks ok in Netscape. If that's the case, it does look the way I want in IE as well

    I use K-Meleon (Mozilla) and NS 6.0 (PR3) as well to check it.

    Advantage of making a site work in NS first: IE will render it the same way, since NS has the most 'basic' HTML rendering engine.
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    Hmm..well..it has to depend on your situation and your designs. What might look alright in mozilla milestones ( or netscape 6 pre ) mightnot look right in IE.

    Its always good to be 100% sure about what you're doing.
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    I will always design my web site for IE 5, however after each stage of development I check it out in Netscape 4.7, just so I can be sure that I haven't made any mistakes. Like Elledan says, if it works in Netscape it's bound to work in IE.

    When a web site I'm designing is almost complete I'll load it up in Opera and see if it looks OK. I don't bother checking with any other browsers because there are no others that have any real market share.
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    I work in IE, cause that's what I use for browsing, then check in Netscape. At some point I check with an older version of Opera that I have, the WebTV viewer, and Browerola.

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    Well, it sounds like most of you are aware of the differnt compatability problems and seemt o check your site in different browsers.

    But what about different verisons?

    For example does anyone ever try IE4 or Netscape 3?

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    Thats a definite must.
    I've checked my design with:

    Netscape 2.0/3.0/4.0/6 PRE[1/2/3]
    Internet Explorer 3.0/4.0/5.0/5.5
    Opera 4.0 ( couldn't get my hands on 3.0 )
    WEBTV

    I also checked color depth of monitors, resolution, OS type..and more
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    I used to check my designs with Netscape 2 and 3 (and even v1 not too long ago) but I think it's just a waste of time.

    Today, I check designs in Windows (IE 5, IE 4, IE 3, NN 4.6), Mac (IE 4, IE 5, NN 4).

    I have BeOS and 2 distributions of Linux here at home to check pages in as well, but I don't think it's worth the time.

    I see how pages look in low-resolution (640x480) and hi-res (1680x1280). Also I look at 256 color, but not 16 color.

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    abahta..
    cool..you have BeSO?

    Would you mind helping me check if my design works?
    http://nortiq.com/template.html ?

    thanks!
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    Since I have a WinModem, I can't check pages online...but that'll change as soon as I get cable internet (couple weeks)

    I check pages off my HD, but have only done it a couple of times.


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