Working the Web

A quick glance at the calendar revealed an alarming truth. I’ve been doing web-related stuff for almost 10 years already. Still can’t stop asking myself — “that long?!?”

After all these years, I still can’t find a solution to one of the most common problem of website development - cross-platform compatibility*. My common problem has something to do with CSS (Cacading Style Sheet). I think I can safely say that each browser has its way of rendering CSS. So weird things always show up.

[img=Internet Explorer 5.2 on Macintosh]/gallery/20031010/mac_ie5.jpg!

[img=Safari 1.0 on Macintosh]/gallery/20031010/mac_safari.jpg!

[img=Internet Explorer 5.5 on Windows 2000]/gallery/20031010/win_ie5.jpg!

[img=Internet Explorer 6.0 on Windows 2000]/gallery/20031010/win_ie6.jpg!

[img=Mozilla 1.3 on Windows 2000]/gallery/20031010/win_moz13.jpg!

[img=Opera 6 on Windows 2000]/gallery/20031010/win_opera.jpg!

%(rem) : Captured at 1024x768%

Most of the browsers render my TBOX correctly — except IEWin. :)

Certainly, there’s a way to write one code that shows up nicely on most of the browsers in the market (such as using

). But if I do that, it would mean that I have to abandon all the fun of debugging the HTML code. :)

Oh well ..

%(me)* There are numbers of “how-to create an x-browser compatible website” floating around all over the web. But I haven’t seen any one-code-fix-all kind yet.%