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Yahoo directory and Netscape 4

Has this been laid to rest?

     
2:46 pm on Jul 5, 2004 (gmt 0)

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A blast from the past:

Do Yahoo directory editors still test sites in Netscape 4? Is a non-working site in NN4 still a reason for not being listed?

7:36 am on July 6, 2004 (gmt 0)

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I doubt that you will get an official answer, but perhaps members who have had new websites listed recently can tell us something? I can only offer you anecdotal evidence that Netscape 4 is not important in this respect any more.
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I'd still ensure the site nav was not JS dependent, which, if memory serves, was a problem for NN4....
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I believe sites are technically supposed to be accessible to everyone, and a certain percentage of the surfing population does disable JS so glengara's suggestion is a good one for usability and accessibility as well as Yahoo submission. To that extent it's a browser independent issue.

What I did hear a few years a go is that some Yahoo editors use Macs. That was back when submission was free - it may well be that at this point money talks. I'm not sure it's critical to test Mac compatibility, but being able to navigate without JS is IMHO something that is too chancy to neglect.

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I only ask because a lot of my stuff now is entirely CSS based, with Netscape 4 only getting an unstyled but working version of the site. Yes, I could tidy it up, but I've gone beyond the point where I care enough to spend the time. Obviously that outlook would have to be adapted if it was going to cause issues with Yahoo.
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My guess would be if everything works, some missing style elements in older browsers wouldn't stop inclusion, as Marcia said, it was always more about accessibility than perfect rendering.

You may get a better idea by looking at some of the recent additions, in the old days there was quite a bit of fear and trepidation involved in the free submissions, and a common approach was to submit lean'n'mean with any bells and whistles added only after inclusion.

(Probably still a good policy for heavy affiliate sites.....)

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>my stuff now is entirely CSS based, with Netscape 4 only getting an unstyled but working version of the site.

I can't imagine anyone having problems with that approach.