Let's face it. Building a web site that browses consistently on multiple platforms and multiple browsers is not always as easy as we would like.
It is safe to say that most designers spend most of their time building their sites on a given platform. Those with the highest standards should, upon completion, take a look at their creation in different browsers and different platforms.
Sure, you could see how it looks in Window Vista with Internet Explorer and let that be good enough, but do you really want to risk a bad web experience for millions and millions of potential visitors?
A recent statistic I saw reported that 12% of internet users were Macintosh users. Ignoring this fact is like creating a catalog that can only be optimally viewed by one in eight of your customers. Furthermore, not all of the Windows users are using Windows Vista. Windows XP continues to be widely used, and Windows 2000 and 98 represent a significant percentage of visitors.
It would be remiss to ignore the small, but growing contingency of Linux users. Though small in number at this time, the popularity of the OS grows daily.
Platform issues aside, Internet Explorer, despite Microsoft's inclusion of it with all Windows Installations, does not represent the only browser option. Firefox continues to enjoy a strong following of users numbering in the millions, and Safari is being widely used by both Mac and PC users.
It should be clear that cross platform and multiple browser compatibility is a must. Therefore, understanding a few very basic and simple techniques to help keep your pages looking their best in the most places is also a must. Following, you will find a few tips and ideas to help you do just that.
#1 Paint the canvas your visitors will see#2 Use Tables to Control Width#3 Compromise your Font Use.#4 Check Your Final on Multiple Platforms
These four simple suggestions are the beginning of a journey toward the much larger goal of making the content of your web site universally available to your visitors. Ultimately, reaching this goal depends upon many factors. However, progress toward this goal must commence with awareness.
Understanding that your site will appear differently on different browsers and based on different user preference settings is an important first step toward awareness. Using tables and being conscientious with your use of fonts takes you one step further. Checking your work on various systems will begin to hint at how much further you have to go.
But, every journey must begin somewhere....
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David Bell - http://www.wspromotion.com/