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Re: Supporting NS4 [WAS: Re: Formatting lists]


From: Leo Smith
Date: Oct 28, 2002 2:33PM

If we have customers (and we do have a significant number of
them) who are still using NN4.7x and are unhappy
with how no-tables coding looks on their browsers, I have to listen.
It's my job. And writing two versions of every single screen in our
product (a compliant version and a 'pretty tables for brain dead
browsers' version) is truly not viable. So I make compromises all the
time to get things to look as reasonably similar across good and
bad browsers as I can, with a preference for compliance when it
doesn't completely fall over an barf on Netscape.

I do understand where you are coming from....When I redesigned
our University site 8 months ago, I had to design for NS4 as the
stats were significant to warrant that.

I guess having gone through all of that compromise, and seeing the
NS4 user stats fall so much over the past 8 months, (and will only
fall further), I would be far less willing to do it again.

I am not sure that we are on different sides. I used to be skeptical
of such standards compliance arguments as I felt that I needed to
design for the "real world." That has changed though, and I do think
that such an approach is more beneficial in the long run in many

Is there a way to educate your customers about the benefits of
upgrading? There was an interesting article a while back on A LIST
APART which talks about this kind of thing....it anyone is




Leo Smith
Web Designer/Developer
USM Office of Publications and Marketing
University of Southern Maine

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