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Mac vs PC for Design?

1:54 pm on Apr 14, 2010 (gmt 0)

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I use a Windows PC and Dreamweaver for web design and it's served me pretty well over the years. But I've run into a problem. Several pages I've designed recently for a client have displayed differently on their Macs than on my PC.

I won't get into specifics right now, but is it possible to have page design render almost identically on Macs and PCs?

Now they want me to change graphics on a page that look good when viewed on a PC but not-so-good on a Mac.

I use CSS for page layout and styling, so you'd think things would be pretty close. Maybe there are some fixes I need to employ.

Do I tell them that I'm designing first for the 86% of the world that uses PCs?
3:16 pm on Apr 14, 2010 (gmt 0)

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Your problem is your monitor calibration and Mac developers have the same problem when developing for a PC.

Macs tend to be calibrated rather brightly, and their images look more washed out on PC monitors.

You can simply re-calibrate your monitor when developing for Mac clients and switch back for PC clients.

The real issue is what the client wants.

For instance if they're a Mac only company making Mac software being calibrated for PC users wouldn't make any sense.

Some people I know doing web work calibrate somewhere between the two monitor types so it looks reasonable to everyone.
3:27 pm on Apr 14, 2010 (gmt 0)

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One problem I encountered was that a graphic floated to the right of three stacks of bulleted text filled the space nicely on my PC but had a big hole of white space below it when viewed on the a Mac. They thought I'd completely mis-designed the page and said I should find a tall oblong graphic to replace the smaller, squatter graphic around which the text wrapped nicely on the PC.
4:30 pm on Apr 14, 2010 (gmt 0)

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There is a version of Safari for Windoze. This may help you to troubleshoot layout issues.