I guess this is a sign

(WARNING: Geek-speak ahead.)

One of the biggest annoyances in web design is developing for every browser possibility under the sun. FRUSTRATION. And the bane of my existence has always been Netscape 4. Recently I’ve switched over to all-CSS layouts for my blog and my freelance work, so Netscape 4 isn’t really on my radar anymore. The code I write will simply degrade into plain text for people who use that browser and others that don’t support the standards at this point. (in other words, you wanna see the fancy stuff, upgrade to this century.) I am trying hard to learn more about web standards, and write better, semantic code, but older browsers and the people who use them make moving to newer technology PAINFUL.

However, I still use table-based designs for my day job. I was checking a table-based layout at work just now in Netscape 4, just to make sure it looked okay (even though, realistically, not many people still use it. BUT YOU NEVER KNOW.) When the browser opened, it opened to www.netscape.com. And wouldn’t you know- their homepage is hardly readable at all in their own old browser.

Netscape.com in Netscape 4

So I guess this is (FINALLY) a sign that Netscape 4 is considered obsolete and we can stop worrying about it. Hooray! Now if we can just do the same with IE 5, I would be a happy camper. But I don’t see that happening any time soon.

(and yeah, I realize that I might be months or even years late in fully realizing this. But hey- I’m trying!)


  1. Laura

    July 14, 2006 11:34 am

    I only design for Firefox and IE. At work we’ve had people complain about Netscape but frankly I don’t consider it. It’s hard enough worrying about different resolutions on the SAME browser! :)

  2. Sam

    July 14, 2006 3:50 pm

    Thats hysterical.. nice observation!

  3. Mel

    July 14, 2006 5:54 pm

    People still use netscape?? I can’t believe their own homepage doesn’t work for netscape 4 users…funny…

  4. Steph

    July 14, 2006 6:13 pm

    That screenshot is hilarious!

  5. Jamie

    July 16, 2006 8:46 am

    That screenshot is completely hilarious. I used to hate when I actually designed and worrying about Netscape. But back then I was on IE and I hated worrying about Firefox too. Now I just worry about Firefox. LOL

  6. Claudia

    July 17, 2006 3:12 pm

    Ah, it almost seems fitting that it’d be like that, eh? Good thing it’s gone down the crapper – talk about a useless browser.

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