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Re: Standards Compliant = No support for NN4?

From: Tina Marie Holmboe <tina@elfi.org>
Date: Wed, 19 Jun 2002 13:40:59 +0200
To: Jon Hanna <jon@spin.ie>
Cc: Andrew Johns <andrew.johns@jkd.co.uk>, w3c-wai-ig@w3.org
Message-ID: <20020619134059.A10376@elfi.org>

On Wed, Jun 19, 2002 at 12:08:49PM +0100, Jon Hanna wrote:

> >   I can assure you that server-side browser sniffing is tempting, but not
> >   an option I'd suggest for anyone wanting to save their sanity ;)
> 
> Depends on how far you want to go for it. If you have only 1 UA specific
> choice (i.e. you have some CSS for all, some CSS not to send NN4, and maybe
> some CSS to only send NN4) you can code it in something like ASP in 5
> minutes and still have time to add in some intelligent cache-related
> headers.

  I refer the honorable gentleman to

     http://www.greytower.net/en/archive/articles/customcss.html

  which details a slightly off-the-beaten-path experiment that we have been
  doing for some time now. The conclusion is still inconclusive, BUT: it
  did turn out that some potential accessibility[1] issues could be solved
  this way.

  It is still a technique I would be *very hesitant* in suggesting to
  anyone, even with a sub-problem defined as "one target UA". For a more
  generic situation, the implementation is far more extensive than 5 minutes
  with any method. For ASP/VBscript I'd go so far as to say it would take
  prohibetively long time. ASP/PerlScript, perhaps. I'll stick with CGI :)


 [1]
  I mean 'accessibility' in the broadest sense, now; ie. specifically
  avoiding valid techniques that give invalid results in a wider range of
  browsers than Netscape's 4-series. An argument could be made for NOT using
  said valid techniques, but that's when that old proof regarding the
  impossibility of making a non-trivial program without errors spring to
  mind.

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