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.

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

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