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Modern Browsers

I just got a note from a good friend who told me that he could barely read this website in his browser. He sent me a screenshot, and I could see why. It turns out he’s using Internet Explorer 5.x for the Mac. As I wrote back to him, this site, like many others, doesn’t resolve well in older browsers. If you’re using an older browser (like IE 5, which is the last version Microsoft made for the Mac before abandoning it), I recommend upgrading to the latest version.

At the least, check out the cool and free Firefox. It handles modern web standards like CSS, XHTML, and lots of other acronyms you don’t care much about but which make all the pages look much better. Plus it’s much more secure. And it has tabbed windows. In short, it rocks. I alternate between it and Safari (which is just as good) on my Mac.

I’m thinking about putting up an alternate style sheet that works better with older browsers too. Is there a demand for that out there? Would it help you? Sound off!

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  1. Most of the reason that older browsers like that don’t work are that they ignored a lot of standards. Firefox is a sweet browser, no matter if you use Windows, Mac, Unix, Linux…you name it. You really can’t go wrong with Firefox.

  2. Most of the reason that older browsers like that don’t work are that they ignored a lot of standards. Firefox is a sweet browser, no matter if you use Windows, Mac, Unix, Linux…you name it. You really can’t go wrong with Firefox.

  3. For personal sites, I’m a bit of an ass about browser compatability — I think prompting people to upgrade to modern standards compliant browsers is more important than promoting myself.

    What you /could/ do is syndicate your blog onto LiveJournal [This takes about two minutes to tell LJ to read your RSS feed], and encourage older-browser peoples to read it there.

  4. For personal sites, I’m a bit of an ass about browser compatability — I think prompting people to upgrade to modern standards compliant browsers is more important than promoting myself.

    What you /could/ do is syndicate your blog onto LiveJournal [This takes about two minutes to tell LJ to read your RSS feed], and encourage older-browser peoples to read it there.

  5. Have to say I am with you about Firefox. Its my browser of choice on Windows or the Mac. It has an excellent set of plug ins and extensions as well.

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    Have to say I am with you about Firefox. Its my browser of choice on Windows or the Mac. It has an excellent set of plug ins and extensions as well.

  7. Bill, I was just thinking how wonderful my comment spam busting plugin has been here, and then I noticed that it torched your comment. I added it in above by hand. Still, it stopped 33 spam and only got one false positive: yours. Hm. I’ll have to keep an eye on this.

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    Bill, I was just thinking how wonderful my comment spam busting plugin has been here, and then I noticed that it torched your comment. I added it in above by hand. Still, it stopped 33 spam and only got one false positive: yours. Hm. I’ll have to keep an eye on this.

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