2889Re: [NH] web pages and Netscape
- Jul 20, 2002
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From: "Ian Rastall" <idrastall@...>
Sent: Saturday, July 20, 2002 2:58 AM
Subject: Re: [NH] web pages and Netscape
On Fri, 19 Jul 2002 23:31:45 -0500, you wrote:
>You should always code for NS 4. The only thing wrong and it is not wrong,
>with NS 4 is that it demands that your coding be correct.
Writing valid HTML is crucial. NS4 doesn't handle CSS very well,
though. So if you're working with CSS, especially if you're trying to
do a site without using tables for layout, you end up having to do
On the main site that I run, I've managed to use one stylesheet for
all the browsers, and that's because I use tables for everything. (I
don't see that as very cool, but it's how I got everything to work.)
There are a couple things that don't show up in NS4, but the site
still works fine.
But there is many thousands still using NS 4. the question becomes do you
want them to read your pages?? Perhaps not. I do. I will use CSS and
still try to make the changes in styles that NS 4 can use or avoid styles
altogether on some pages. In many 3rd world countries they who have the
least pay more to get on the internet. In fact in some of the richer
countries people pay by the minute. Do you want them to see your pages?
This means the simplest designs will reach the most people. It seems that
simply design loads faster, prints better and the information is available
faster, so CSS is not the answer in many cases at least at the present time.
If you are working in a corporation and only trying to reach those on a
closed circuit and the capability is there for them to read your page then
you can do whatever seems good. I design for the masses and try to avoid
using anything that would slow down page loading including photos. I use
photos and lots of them, but I let people know this is a page with images so
that they can skip those. But every situation is different. If you design
only for a few segments of the population of the world then you do what is
best to reach those people. Or you can make two, three or even four
different pages and according to the browser send them to a page that they
can easily view. So as long as your site works fine for the few people that
you want to view your site, that is good, but remember it does not work
fine for those using NS 4, or 3. And I think maybe, there are still some
using NS 2. Does it work fine for reader browsers? And how does the large
population of males that are color blind see your site?
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