Gecko's Realm Gets a Facelift
Thursday August 5th, 1999
Shashi Narain, proprietor of The Gecko's Realm, writes, "The Gecko's Realm has undergone a major facelift and is now up and running for your viewing pleasure. For those of you who don't know where the site is located, it can be found here: http://www.narain.com/gecko/
A number of you over at Netscape have seen bits and pieces of the redesigned site from all my bug reporting. Now is your chance to see it as one tight, cohesive package.
Before heading over to the Realm, there are a number of items that you need to keep in mind...
1) All elements are positioned absolutely using 800x600 as the benchmark screen resolution. It is imperitive that your screen and/or Mozilla window be at 800x600 because of the element positioning.
2) The site was redesigned using the July 30th build as the benchmark. I make no guarantee that the site will work with earlier builds.
3) Please use apprunner and *not* viewer when going to the site. The reason is because all the various exhibits open in a separate Mozilla window using JS's window.open which does not work with viewer. It is also recommended that you minimize the toolbar which contains the 'Home' and 'My Netscape' buttons. This gives the site a little more 'canvas' to work with.
4) For those of you tempted to try the site using IE5, let me save you the time by saying, 'Don't Bother!!!' Most of the DOM Level 1 that I use is *not* supported in IE5...I even manged to crash IE on a number of occasions when I tried it out."
UPDATE: Shashi has written in with an explanation as to the purpose of the site, and a reply to some of the posts in the talkback forum for this news item. Click "Full Article" below to read his comments.
Woudln't it be nice if we could all put 4 "usability points" as the preamble to our web site. I haven't seen the site so that is not meant to be an insult, nor am I commenting on a suggested screen resolution; still I don't think I would be proud to say "come to my site, I made it crash using browser x"... even if "browser x" crashes because it stinks.
Mozilla is a wonderful thing and its standards compliance is of utmost interest to me as a web designer and internet programmer, but unless you are designing sites for a controlled environment or for a real niche market, cross-compatibility is still rather important, IMHO :-) But perhaps I am still 'old school'...