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.
Saturday August 7th, 1999 1:52 AM
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You have completely twisted my words!!! The reason I brought up IE5 in my newsgroup posting is because the site gets a lot of hits from IE5 users. Not to mention alot of the hits are coming from mahines located at microsoft.com I have *no* problems with IE5 users hitting the site, all I wanted to do was to warn them that IE5 does *not* support most of the DOM Level 1 that I used (to the extent that it even crashed).
To Ben Goodger:
This site was created first and foremost as a demo/test site for Mozilla.
You said, and I quote, "If it were a demo of DOM implementations cross browsers, you might argue that it was flawed". The Gecko's Realm is the only site in existence that complies 100% with the standards for HTML 4.0, CSS Level 1 & 2, and DOM Level 1. This site can be used by *any* browser which claims to support the standards. And this is the whole point of using standards...one design that will work across all browsers. If a browser claims to support the standard DOM and can't even run my site, then I would not consider it to be DOM comliant.