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Saturday August 25th, 2001

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#115 Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Mosaic/Netscape

by bcwright <bcwright@ix.netcom.com>

Monday September 3rd, 2001 9:17 AM

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I'm sure that given any browser, you can always find sites that don't work with it. There are enough sites out there that query the browser and refuse to work with anything that claims it's <insert your browser name here>. Likewise you can always find sites that look better on some browsers than others, for the same reason if not because of anything else.

There are however some fairly high-profile sites that don't look good on Mozilla/Netscape 6.1 - a good example would be <http://www.msnbc.com/news/default.asp> - though I don't know how many of them are because of Javascript or similar issues rather than HTML/CSS. I suspect a large percentage are JS related problems, but from the end-user perspective this is irrelevant; they don't have the expertise or the interest to identify why things don't look right. And as noted in other threads, appearance is VERY IMPORTANT in an end-user setting.

This is a big problem for the acceptance of Mozilla/Netscape 6.1 because it puts a lot of what needs to be done outside the control of Mozilla/Netscape developers. If a high-profile page won't look right when displayed with a standards-compliant browser, or even with a browser which isn't in some short "approved list" that the Javascript senses, the typical end-user won't blame the page designer but the browser if the same page displays properly on both NS4.x and IE.

Evangelism, anyone?

--Bruce