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Testing your CSS for cross-browser compatability
How to test on all the OS platforms and Browsers?

 11:30 am on Apr 14, 2004 (gmt 0)

How does everyone test a new layout and CSS on all the available browsers and OS platforms? I have a couple of machines... but no MAC, no Unix... so do I have to beg friends across the continent to look at the page and report back? How do they know what's missing or scewed!

There must be a better way? Is there a service that you submit the page to for a price. They run it on all their equipment, OSes and browsers taking screen shots and return the images by email?

Just validating a page doesn't cut it. How do other small "mom & pop" sites test?



 2:36 pm on Apr 14, 2004 (gmt 0)

There is virtually nothing you can do to test your page on all platforms and all browsers. No-one provides such a service, since it would be way too expensive. You would need a couple hundred machines to do that...


 5:09 pm on Apr 14, 2004 (gmt 0)

There are some that test over a very broad range though. Services like netmechanic will take screenshots from various platforms and browsers for a small fee, though there's probably better out there now.

Rambo Tribble

 5:33 pm on Apr 14, 2004 (gmt 0)

You might wish to investigate VMware, it allows multiple OS's on one machine, including Win, Mac, Linux, Solaris. You still have to buy the OS's, though.


 6:27 pm on Apr 14, 2004 (gmt 0)

I tried netmechanic as per Jbrookins msg. Works great - showed pictures of 16 browsers my test CSS page was run against.

I failed miserably... now to start hacking some fixes.


 7:50 pm on Apr 14, 2004 (gmt 0)

Screenshots are not enough... Many bugs can not be discovered by a mere screen shot.


 8:02 pm on Apr 14, 2004 (gmt 0)

yes, however it's better than nothing at all.


 8:23 pm on Apr 14, 2004 (gmt 0)

That's for sure ;)

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