Tips and Tidbits, part of Brainstorms and Raves

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

*Tips & Tidbits,'s daily column, merged with Brainstorms & Raves August 1, 2001. Tips & Tidbits Archives are available for December, 2000 through August, 2001.





Designing for Which Browser, Which Platform....What To Do?

Steve Franklin for WebReview has a new article out on designing for various browsers, Browsers, Browsers, Browsers! A Strategic Guide to Browser Interoperability. He raises many good questions to consider when designing a site.

Also important to go with this article are the sidebar notes and links, including:

  1. Effective Cross-Browser Development
    Write Bullet-Proof Client-Side Code, Leverage Server-Side Code, Test & Re-Test.
  2. Browser Compatibility Chart
    Helpful chart that outlines key features supported by major browsers (Internet Explorer, Netscape, Opera, AOL, Mosaic, Lynx, WebTV, Omniweb). Also includes explanatory notes, clarifications.
  3. Common Browser Implementation Issues
    Common activities needed across browsers with differences discussed, "safe approach " suggestions, including font sizing, audio files, DOM navigation, XML, event handling, content positioning, mouseovers, padding around elements, text backgrounds without tables, Active-X, controls, client-side scripting, accessing server-side data, whitespace and line breaks in tables, and more. This list will continually grow, per the author.

Also at WebReview is an area on browsers:’s Browser Guide
Includes the above articles and more, with new information added regularly. Definitely something to consider bookmarking!

Other great resources are provided at, with annotated links to many of the best, most authoritative tutorials, articles, charts, and more:


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

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Recommended Books

 Book cover: The Design of Sites, Second Edition : Patterns, Principles, and Processes for Crafting a Customer-Centered Web Experience. By Douglas K. van Duyne, James A. Landay, Jason I. Hong. Prentice Hall PTR (December 14, 2006). 

Book cover: Bulletproof Web Design: Improving flexibility and protecting against worst-case scenarios with XHTML and CSS, by Dan Cederholm.

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

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