Chapter 30. Maximizing Cross-Browser Compatibility


  • Maintaining different versions of Web pages

  • Validating your XML code

  • Testing your page against specific browsers

  • Handling cross-browser compatibility

Each new release of a browser is a double-edged sword. On one hand, an exciting array of new features becomes possible. On the other, Web designers have to cope with yet another browser-compatibility issue. In today's market, you find the following in use:

  • A fair number of current browsers, although reasonably standards-compliant, which are still different from one another in implementation

  • A vast array of mobile browsers occupying a very fluid space that ranges from the Apple iPhone, with its faithful but Flash-less (as of this writing) Web page rendering, to tiny cell phone screens that display text and links only

Browser compatibility is one of a Web designer's primary concerns (not to mention the source of major headaches), and many strategies are evolving to deal with the issue. Dreamweaver is at the forefront of cross-browser Web page design, both in terms of the type of code it routinely outputs and in its specialty functions. This chapter examines the browser-targeting techniques available in Dreamweaver. From multi-browser code to XML validation capabilities, Dreamweaver helps you get your Web pages out with the most features to the widest audience.

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