Brainstorms and Raves

Notes on Web Design, Development, Standards, Typography, Music, and More





Adobe Says Update to Netscape 4?!

Adobe’s Design Studio main page has a link at the bottom to Browser Requirements. Being endlessly curious, of course I couldn’t resist pursuing that one. But I didn’t expect to find what I did, either.

On the Browser Requirements page they state:

"Adobe® Studio(tm) is optimized to work best with the U.S. English versions of Internet Explorer 5.0, 5.5 and Netscape Navigator 4.77 for Microsoft® Windows® and Macintosh. Adobe Studio may not function or display properly in other browsers or browser versions (such as Internet Explorer 6.0 and Netscape 6.0)."

To add to it, they provide a link to download Netscape 4.77, which goes to Netscape’s Archived Client Products page with links to seemingly dozens of Netscape 4.x versions. There’s also a drop-down menu from which you can choose your browser version, with the Netscape 4.x version being the selected item in the drop-down menu.

I’m disheartened that Adobe isn’t making sure they support version 6 browsers for their Adobe Studio section, which is a more cutting edge area of their site with designers in mind. Doesn’t that seem like the ideal area where they would be supporting the latest browsers?

Further exploring at the section’s colophon reveals that the incredibly talented team at hillmancurtis created the design and templates. Ah, no wonder it’s so beautiful! hillmancurtis also explains their goal:

“We were asked to design a destination for the creative community. Using motion, color, and simple symbology, we strove to create a place where our fellow designers would feel inspired.”

From various design lists of people commenting about how inspiring the site is, it appears they’re achieving that goal, certainly.

I suspect that Adobe GoLive® needs to catch up to the newest browsers, and I feel it’s also their responsibility to do so as a site creation tool. I’m also troubled that Adobe GoLive® currently does not produce standards-compliant markup. If the software can’t support the latest browser versions or support standards, it’s pretty tough.

I cringe to see that Adobe is actually telling people to download Netscape 4.x browsers. I hope the designers using this fabulous resource at Adobe’s site will choose a more standards-compliant browser than Netscape 4.x.

11:33 am, pst 7 February, 2002 Comments, Trackbacks ·

Categories: Browsers, Design, Development, Graphics, Software, Standards, Technology


Visit iStockPhoto - Royalty-free stock images. Click Upload Earn, Click Download Create 

I Wrote a Book

Deliver First Class Web Sites: 101 Essential Checklists  Via Deliver First Class Web Sites: 101 Essential Checklists, by Shirley Kaiser. SitePoint Books (July 2006). 

Available now via: SitePoint Books,, (Canada), (UK), (France), (Germany), (Japan), Tower Books U.S. and elsewhere! You'll also help support this site and its owner if you purchase via any of these links.

Learn more at SKDesigns - Deliver First Class Web Sites and via SitePoint Books.

Recommended Books

The Photoshop Anthology: 101 Web Design Tips, Tricks & Techniques (Paperback). by Corrie Haffly. SitePoint (Sept. 2006). 

 Cover - Content Critical: Gaining Competitive Advantage through High-Quality Web Content. By Gerry McGovern, Rob Norton. Prentice Hall (October 2001). 

Hand-picked best book recommendations for Web site design, CSS, graphics, Photoshop, color, accessibility, more

In association with
 In Association with
Page last modified 14 July, 2007 - 10:22pm PDT Page load time: 0.009261 seconds.