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:
- Effective Cross-Browser Development
Write Bullet-Proof Client-Side Code, Leverage Server-Side Code, Test & Re-Test.
- 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.
- 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:
WebReview.com’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 WebsiteTips.com, with annotated links to many of the best, most authoritative tutorials, articles, charts, and more:
- Design and Layout, Section 1:
- Cross-Platform, Cross-Browser Design
- Cross-Browser, Cross-Platform Font Issues
- Information Architecture