Frames and TablesWritten by Mary Hickey
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Frames and tables both should be checked and double checked with two most popular browsers. What might look fantastic with Netscape often times looks like crap in IE, and visa versa, though Netscape seems to be a bit more forgiving. Especially tables. Get tables to work right and look right in IE and Netscape is happy. The only other thing regarding tables and cross-browser compatibility is background colors of cells. Netscape reads background images, IE doesn’t. So be real sure that whatever background color you set for table blends well with background of page itself. If your using a plain colored background this doesn’t present a problem, however, for those of us that like a textured background, it becomes a MAJOR issue! Check, check and double check!!! Nothing grosser then to see your pretty table that looks incredible in Netscape rendered with some sick color background in IE.
As far as Frames, remember that some older browsers do not recognize them, so all that work that you put into building of frames could be rendered into a jumble at best. Its always a good idea to created site without using frames as well for those that have older browsers.
Whether you are a fan of frames, or a table lover, or even torn on choice of which way to lay out page, keep in mind a few things:
1.Keep it simple. 2.Double check everything from general appearance to colors. 3.Compare IE and Netscape appearance. 4.Have fun!
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Web Site Design: Things You Should AvoidWritten by Gunter Gerdenitsch
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There are many companies specialized in helping you to make your web site look more professionally. Some of them are even quite generous about their free advice, e.g. WebSource.com (E:Downloadweb-source.com ).
When you design your web site locally, you will usually do it at same screen resolution you have set your computer to as you use it for all other applications. When you are finished, it looks "perfect". Amateurish web designers would feel great now, and upload their stuff right away.
Yet, professional web site designers will deliberately transfer their design to any other browsers with different screen resolution or even to another computer with a different operating system. And, usually, they will be in for a shock: What was looking "perfect" initially, might be garbled now or hard to read.
The reason is, a HTML code is no "hard copy" (like e.g. a poster printed on paper). Instead, browser "paints" copy described in htm-code differently every time, according to available space. (Convince yourself: Display any .htm-file in your browser, but this time don't maximize browser's window but set it to variable size. When you drag window, say, at lower right corner - you will see how words and images move around. Up to a point perhaps at which you lose context when reading them!)
Gunter Gerdenitsch 1st Component Design - visit: http://www.1st-components.com Universal Software Components - Applications with minimal Programming firstname.lastname@example.org phone, fax: +43 1 804 47 30