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However, I get an e-mail periodically about the website being hard to read. From screen shots I have seen it looks like the layers are overlapping / jumbled up and no positioning is taking place.
I suspect the users are just using older browsers and are a very small percentage of my total vistors. However, the e-mails are getting more frequent so I am beginning to wonder if this problem is more widespread than first thought.
Any thoughts or ideas?
Even on NN4, that's a trick I'd like to see! ;)
There is one or 2 notable exceptions from your list there, namely IE5 and IE5.5 (and even IE4 if you're worried that much...).
Check your logs, then go install earlier versions of the beast that is IE. You'll find it enlightning at the least!
The NN 4.76 does display correctly. I just tried it to make sure.
Overture apparently uses IE 5/5.5 to check listings because when I recently tried to submit new listings they ran into this problem as well.
Any way to make IE 5/5.5 work correctly? I would hate drop CSS and go back to tables again.
You do need to test in it though, at 25% of your traffic, do the maths ;)
One way to install is to install 5.5 then re-install 6. This way, once you've sussed six you can go to (forgive me for the rough directions, I'm a linux chap)... start > accessories > sys tools > sys info
and then find the IE tool and 'revert to previos version'. You'll get 5.5 back.
Then, (tough isn't it?) you click on your carefully kept copy of the IE6 installer and as it already has the files on system it's real quick to get it back.
Pain in the bum?
The reason Internet Explorer is such a pain to run multiple version of is because it is a fundamental part of the Windows Operating System. After many recent battles with the US Gov and Companys, Microsoft has pulled the plug on Internet Explorer Stand-Alone, so all versions after IE 6 SP 1 will only come with the new operating system (codename : "longhorn") -- so you will not be able to ("legally") download it for OS's such as Win 95/98/98SE/ME/2k/XP. A right pain for web designers and users.