Full Article Attached 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:

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 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.

#19 interesting

by k3davis

Saturday August 7th, 1999 7:14 AM

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I appreciate your argument and certainly don't mean to "twist" anything. I was merely commenting on the irony of a web site that makes a list of things to do and not to do before entering. If we all could do that we would be content with a design that does not always work.

I see your point about building a site that in essence tests for standards compliance so in that way it is a specific group you are trying to reach, so I guess it is warranted for the site. In most cases though a 100% standards-compliant design is still bad design though, as long as 90% of the world can't see or use it correctly. Hopefully Mozilla will end up changing this.

Sorry if it felt like I stepped on your toes... it was not intended...