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Thursday, November 11, 2004

So, I've made the switch...

My first post as a Firefox user:

After several weeks of web design (over and over again - I think I must have had gone through at least thirteen different versions of the website), emails and coding for Flash, my business website is about one week from being ready.

Loads of thanks to tbe brother-in-law for his patience. I know I'm not the easiest guy to deal with, especially when it comes to things I'm anal about.

In the meantime, I learnt that my website will look different on different web browsers because those be the limitations of the Internet.

Short of forcing potential clients to, depending on the connection speed of their modems and computers, wait for the all-Flash website to load (ten seconds on my laptop; nine minutes the longest on someone else's), I'm now content to let the website look however the hell it wants to look on different browsers and systems. All I'll say is: best viewed on Firefox 1.0, at 1024 x 768 resolution.

With the long weekend coming up, I guess it'll be safe to say that the website will finally be ready by Monday (and hopefully, by then, there won't be any more bugs to weed out).

6 Comments:

  • At 11:50 AM, November 11, 2004, Blogger Kay said…

    Camino is pretty good too.

     
  • At 11:54 AM, November 11, 2004, Blogger Terz said…

    Dang. Another web browser to check to see the website will look crap on...

     
  • At 9:21 AM, November 12, 2004, Blogger Yuhui said…

    Camino's based on the same technology behind Firefox, so how a website is displayed in Firefox will be *exactly* how it's displayed in Camino, except maybe for form buttons and the like, which your website doesn't have, so it's no biggie.

     
  • At 5:13 PM, November 12, 2004, Blogger Terz said…

    Ah. That's good to know then.

     
  • At 6:07 PM, November 12, 2004, Blogger tbh said…

    One of the main reasons behind the redesign of Netscape and the subsequent introduction of Firefox was adherence to "web standards", so chances are that if your website is "standards compliant", it should look good over a "reasonably" wide variety of web browsers.

    Needless to say it doesn't always work out that well in the real world.

     
  • At 7:28 PM, November 12, 2004, Blogger Neil said…

    FYI and FWIW - it is dead easy to intercept the browser type from the header of a page request, and then conditionally load different pages.....

    Of course, a well designed page that is W3C HTML compliant, will display fairly standardly in most (if not all) up to date browsers. The resolution is a potential problem, but few people re=un at less than 1024x768 these days anyway. IMHO it is polite to provide an alternate page for the non-flash users though. Tonnes of people do not have flash on their work PCs - which is where over 70% of all surfing is done - so unless you don;t want their business.....

     

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