Chapter 30. Maximizing Browser Targeting

IN THIS CHAPTER

  • Maintaining different versions of Web pages

  • Validating your code

  • Dreamweaver Technique: Validating and Correcting a Web Page

  • 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 all the following in use:

  • A fair number of current browsers that, althoughfairly standards-compliant, are still different from oneanother in implementation.

  • A decreasing number of 4.x browsers, which are limitedin some basic functionality. The exception here is Netscape 4.x,which maintains a small but significant cadre of loyal users.

  • A miniscule contingent of 3.x browsers in the machines ofdetermined users who have never (and may never) upgrade.

  • A diverse assortment of browsers outside the mainstream, including MSN TV (formerly known as WebTV), and Navigator for Linux.

  • Various versions of America Online browsers, which rangefrom being completely proprietary to being a blend of currentand special technologies. (As a specific example, AOL 9.0is not the same as Internet Explorer 6.0, although it is based on it.)

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 this matter. Dreamweaver is in the ...

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