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RE: Browser Issues

From: RUST Randal <RRust@COVANSYS.com>
Date: Tue, 26 Feb 2002 08:12:42 -0500
Message-ID: <37925254B67DD311876C009027B0FF9201D3A95F@cbscolex01.cbsinc.com>
To: "'Charles McCathieNevile'" <charles@w3.org>
Cc: "WAI (E-mail)" <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
Charles said:

>The fact that a presentation on an older browser will not have 
>the beautiful layout and presentation posssibilities that a modern 
>CSS-capable browser provides is normally something that people think is a
problem.

I agree with you on this.  It is not a problem.  The problem is that the
user has chosen to continue using an outdated browser.  Which is fine.  They
have the right to make that choice, but I can't be expected to provide the
same design for a Netscape 2 user as I am for a Mozilla .98 user.  Doing so
would completely defeat the purpose of the W3C web standards.

Charles said:

>So the way I generally explain good design, is that it is 
>design that works well with the technology, and provides as much as
possible to users

I also agree with this.  The key statement here is "...provides as much as
possible to users."  It is impossible due to browser and platform issues to
provide the same thing in exactly the same way to each and every user.  Add
the fact that users have a certain level of control over the presentation of
the content, and it makes it clear to me that the most diffucult job in web
development is user interface design.

Thanks for your 2 cents, Charles!  Insightful as always.

Randal
Received on Tuesday, 26 February 2002 08:10:02 GMT

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