Re: RE : The Final Word on Browsers and the Future

Scott E. Preece (preece@predator.urbana.mcd.mot.com)
Mon, 21 Oct 1996 14:24:04 -0500


Date: Mon, 21 Oct 1996 14:24:04 -0500
Message-Id: <199610211924.OAA06141@predator.urbana.mcd.mot.com>
From: "Scott E. Preece" <preece@predator.urbana.mcd.mot.com>
To: copper@sidehack.gweep.net
CC: www-html@w3.org
In-reply-to: Greg Marr's message of Mon, 21 Oct 1996 14:53:54 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Re: RE : The Final Word on Browsers and the Future

  From: Greg Marr <copper@sidehack.gweep.net>

| I see a major difference between:
| 
| In Mozillacolor Where Available 
| (which my wife used to have on her page, before 3.2 came out with all
| the body attributes)
| 
| and:
| 
| Download Netscape 3.0 Now To View This Site, and then resize your
| browser so this line just fits in the window.
| 
| The first tells people that the features are available if they choose
| to usme them, and the second that the author doesn't care about anyone
| not using the same software/platform/etc. that they are.
---

I agree, almost.  I agree that pointing to features is more useful than
pointing to the browser (since the same feature may appear
asynchronously in different browsers).  The "resize to just fit this
line", however, is often useful.  Many sites include graphics or wide
tables that simply work a lot better if the window is the right size.
Authors shouldn't do this without thinking about it, but when they *do*
need to do it, it's nice to tell the reader in advance, so she can set
things up before the data arrives.

scott

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