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OK, apparently Netscape 4.51 can't handle the new version of CharlieMonterey.com... the banner at the top disappears after a few milliseconds, and the menu bar on the right extends beyond the colored area of the background graphic. Grrrr.... I think there's a way to set up the site so that it determines which browser it's being shown in, then select the appropriate style sheet to show. I'll have to do some research on that. There might also be a way to tweak the style sheet so that it works on old Netscape, but in my experience (admittedly little) it only causes other issues.

But it looks good in Internet Explorer 5x and 6x, Firefox 1.0.6, and Mozilla 1.5. I'll be able to check it in Safari on Wednesday night at Xhedos at the latest, although if any Safari users get to it first and have comments, they're still welcome.

The overall goal is to point my domain name to the Earthlink version, and thus ditch Geocities. It's been a pretty good seven or eight years on Geocities, but having a site with no advertisements and no Javascripties will be nice. Especially as Geocities tends to change the format of their advertising boxes on a whim, rendering my attempts to accommodate them pointless.

P.S.: It's too hot here. Aren't there some overly cold places where we could ship some of this heat to?



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Aug. 8th, 2005 06:24 pm (UTC)
Umm, I can understand anyone being reluctant to switch from Netscape to IE. But 4.51? If they're that far behind, your web site is only one of thousands that they can't view properly. I would recommend Mozilla or Firefox to anyone in such a position.

My mate clung white-knuckled to his old Netscape until this year. It wasn't the browser, which was giving him fits, that kept him so long, but his huge pile of archived e-mail. As it turns out, either Mozilla's mail client or the Thunderbird mail client will accept and continue to provide access to such a thing, so we finally replaced Netscape 4.7 with Firefox and Thunderbird. He's been quite happy with it.
Aug. 8th, 2005 06:48 pm (UTC)
I have it because we have a web application at work that actually requires it. /* blinks at screen */ Seriously, I don't think it would even run on version 4.7, let alone 6 or 7, and I know it blows up in Internet Explorer. There's been talk of replacing it, but like so much in the software world the "deployment" of the new "solution" keeps getting delayed.

But yeah, I agree, if someone's still running Netscape 4.5 willingly, he or she has more serious issues than seeing my website. On the other hand, it's always been my "thing" to try to make websites as browser-independent as possible. I don't think I have to worry about millions of old-Netscape users, but I don't really know what else I might be missing.

Firefox/Thunderbird is a nice combination. When I converted to it last year, it even helped me retrieve a broken mail file from my old Netscape mailbox.
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