Preparing Your Site for Navigator 5.0
Wednesday November 24th, 1999
Shelley Powers of inquiry.com has written an informative article on preparing your DHTML website for compatibility with Navigator 5.0 and the DOM standard. This one is definitely worth the read if you're interested in working to the DOM spec, but would like to keep a measure of backwards compatibility with older browsers.
#5 Preparing Your Site for Navigator 5.0
Wednesday November 24th, 1999 11:27 AM
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Supporting the standards is the right way to go. If somebody cannot make the small changes needed for a page to work in IE and Mozilla/Netscape 5 then it is their fault and will look bad on the website, not the web browser. After, Mozilla will render most pages perfectly. It could create a small problem with browsers thinking it is Netscape 4+, when really standards-wise it is more IE4+ (or IE7+), but again that is a small problem that sensible webmasters will be only too happy to work around. Netscape 4 has a 25%-40% market share, too large to ignore.
If Netscape get the marketing right, and Mozilla get back onto ISP CDs (esp. AOL+Compuserve) and onto Set-top boxes with Linux, then Netscape being the dominant broser again could be a reality. Unfortunatly I don't have that much faith in Netscape's marketing, or M$'s business practises.