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Re: [css-d] Divergence between compliant browsers

Sent by Andrew Mutch on 29 January 2002 12:12


I'll take a whack at this.  You shouldn't be designing for Mozilla anymore
than you should be designing for IE. If you are going to dive into CSS,
XHTML, etc., you should be trying to design to the
standards/recommendations.  While there has been a lot of discussion on the
list about how one browser or another renders a particular spec or style, I
think that the push has been on for web designers to realize that the idea
that you can design for a specific browser is simply unrealistic.  The
reality is that there are a wide variety of browsers out there and the
future trend is for new display types and modes of access that simply won't
handle traditional design concepts (handheld devices, etc.)  Just try
viewing your site with your browser window set to 100 pixels wide or listen
to it in an adaptive browser that reads the screen to see what I'm talking
about. The sooner that you give up on the idea that the site should look the
same in every circumstance, the sooner you'll recover your sanity.

The reason that people talk about designing for Mozilla is that, from my
understanding, it most completely and accurately (not 100% though) complies
with the current standards/recommendations. If something looks goofy in
Netscape 4 or IE 5/Win, it's more likely the fault of the browser than it is
a problem with your code. Personally, I just make sure my code validates and
let the browser quirks fall where they may. But I'm not getting paid big
bucks to satisfy a client, so it's easy for me to get away with that.

Andrew Mutch

"Jason A. Ogle" wrote:

> Jeffrey or whoever,
> I hear a lot about designing for the Mozilla browser, but I don't know
> anybody that uses it. My understanding was that more
> designers/developers concerned with web standards would be using this
> particular browser than a consumer-based target audience.
> Anybody can chime in on this really, but I was wondering if we should be
> overly concerned with how our work renders on Mozilla?
> I know that I might offend some faithful Mozilla users, but I'm not
> talking against it, because I've never used it.
> Thank you.
> P.s. Jeffrey, it's good to see you on this list. Thank you for your
> contributions to the purpose of this list.
>  :-:-:-   jason a. ogle
> :-:-:-  creative director
>  :-:-:-
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