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Im trying to locate tools for checking compatibility across netscape, AOL, windows and Mac browsers.
Personally I dont think its possible for a site to be compatible with all these browsers at the same time.
I would like to be proved wrong, can anyone here point me in the right direction and do just that?
any version of Mozilla
most (if not all) text to speech browsers
if you mean identical...then you can't guarantee to make the site look identical between any two computers een if they supposedly have the same set up...even if one monitor has been used longer than the other it will make a difference
so identical across a range of browsers is a pointless goal
Of course, this should be done a "clever" way. For example, you don't need Netscape 6.2, Netscape 6.1, Galeon, Phoenix and Mozilla all together, as they all are based on the same engine called Gecko. The only difference is it's version, but there are no any [i]significant[/i] differences that requires you to store more than one. Just get Mozilla 1.0 (Netscape 7 uses it's engine version) and it's quite enough by my opinion.
IE: you need both v.5 and v.6 as there are many new things in latter that should be considered important. Also, I hear quite often that there are sometimes problems with scripts/pages in IE6 while everything is OK in earlier versions.
Opera: get the latest 6.05 version - I don't think that testing in O5 makes much sense. Opera users are quite "mobile" and upgrade quickly; it's audience is (unfortunately - an Opera fan inside me adds) not so large that some version range usage can occure. But when the new O7 will be released, it's a good idea to keep O6 (at least for some first period) because there are many DOM improvements announced in upcoming v.7 that are missing in current v.6.
Also get any of Netscape 4.x versions (it's enough to get just one), if you plan to support it too. I don't tend to rise an arguement again about it - I just state that it is important to get a complete picture that includes data about what will happen with your page/script in old browser.
Of course, this is an ideal picture. There are some diffuculties to achieve this; for example, it's impossible to install several different IE versions on one Windows system. And if you upgrade it, it's no way back - that's why I use IE5 (for testing only - I don't need it for web surfing) and don't upgrade to IE6.
I think that this can be useful:
It's story is about multi-browser set-up on Mac.
At home, I use Galeon, and keep Opera 6 and NN4 for testing. I also test in Konqueror. My emulated Windows installation just hosed itself, but it used to have IE6 as well, for testing. Until I get that put back up, I'll be using my wife's computer to test in IE.
just to clear it up, when i say compatibility i mean, how can i be certain that my site will be viewable across multiple formats of browsers.
i personally dont think its possible to please everyone all of the time, in regard to browsers.
i know that different browsers dont always read the same tags as others do, so i need to assertain my target audience and determine which browers to validate my pages for?
as long as the code is clean, maybe stripped bare, it should be able to be viewed across a wider variety of formats?
They've got a comparison chart showing implementation differences in PC, Mac, and Unix, as well as across browsers including AOL and WebTV.
If you want to just check your code to see if it's W3C compatible, try this link for HTML code validation:
Or this one for CSS validation:
If your code passes these tests, any browser that adheres to W3C standards should be able to view your site.
Beyond that - not necessarily bare, but as simple and straightforward a style as you can work out for your pages. Include only those "extras" which are important to your business purpose.
I find that this also helps the user make sense of your message, no matter what it is.