Mozilla's New 'Almost Standards' Rendering Mode

Tuesday July 9th, 2002 has an article about Mozilla's new 'almost standards' mode. This new rendering mode joins the existing standards compliance and quirks modes and should mean that more pages work correctly in Mozilla. The article describes the differences between 'almost standards' and standards compliance mode and lists the DOCTYPEs that trigger the new rendering method.

Thanks to Blogzilla for the link.

#14 Re: Hmmmm......

by aganguli

Wednesday July 10th, 2002 8:59 AM

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I'm in the process of redoing the layout for my company's website and let me tell you, it's not as easy as you think. We started out with a nice standards-complient design from the design company that worked well in current Mozilla and IE, but didn't quite work in Opera and absolutely fell to pieces under Netscape 4.x.

I wanted to let the silly Netscape 4.x users suffer, but it turns out _our_ corporate standard is Netscape 4.x (I've only been here a few weeks and I use Mozilla, so I didn't notice this). IE is banned because of security issues and Netscape 6.x is a mess, so until Netscape 7 is officially released it's NS4 all the way.

The result? I'm stuck working my way through the design trying to find something that renders well everywhere and trying to avoid actually having different layouts for different browsers. So far, so good, but I wasted most of yesterday trying to figure out why an image migrated to the opposite side of the page under NS4 and not under any other browser.

Anyway, I'm just venting at this point, but this whole thing sucks. Until we can get rid of the last holdout NS4 users, any sort of backwards compatibility is greatly appreciated. I like to think that NS7 will help. There are probably a lot of users who don't want to use IE, but can't stand NS6.