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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)

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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)

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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)

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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.
5:33 pm on Apr 14, 2004 (gmt 0)

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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)

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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)

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Screenshots are not enough... Many bugs can not be discovered by a mere screen shot.
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yes, however it's better than nothing at all.
8:23 pm on Apr 14, 2004 (gmt 0)

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That's for sure ;)