July 14, 2006
(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.
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!)