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Re: Gobsmacked was: Re: Logical Linearized Order on a Page

From: Ian Jacobs <ij@w3.org>
Date: Sat, 26 Aug 2000 12:18:14 -0400
Message-ID: <39A7EDC6.F51F5509@w3.org>
To: jonathan chetwynd <jc@signbrowser.org.uk>
CC: paciello@webable.com, Kynn Bartlett <kynn-edapta@idyllmtn.com>, "Bailey, Bruce" <Bruce_Bailey@ed.gov>, w3c-wai-ig@w3.org
jonathan chetwynd wrote:
> Is the W3C homepage an example of  dynamically generated pages suiting the
> user?

The page is not generated, nor is there browser sniffing.
> I had assumed that ie5,lynx and netscape4.7 linux would all represent the
> w3c homepage in a similar manner.
> Far from it.
> Lynx and netscape have been selected to present the technologies section
> near the top left whereas ie5 places it near the bottom right.
> Hence the precedence of WAI changes somewhat.

Please try not to read too much into the design. We use a LINK
element at the top so that Lynx users will have access to the
list of links, or the news, or the links to other pages, or the
search box. 

I don't know what you mean when you say that IE5 places the
technologies section at the bottom right. Perhaps we have
a mirroring problem for I see essentially the same rendering
on NN and IE.

 - Ian

> Perhaps the grossest coding difference is represented by the table layout.
> netscape:
> >>    <table summary="Layout table: The first cell contains a navigation bar
> of
> W3C technologies, the second contains news, and the third another
> navigation bar of W3C pages."
> whereas ie5 :
> >>    <table summary="Layout table: The first cell contains the body of the
> page, the second a navigation bar."
> I have not found it feasible to identify all the differences in coding, and
> have hence attached sources for ie5 and netscape4.7
> jonathan chetwynd
> jc@signbrowser.org.uk
> special needs teacher
> web accessibility consultant
>   ------------------------------------------------------------------------
>                Name: ie5.html
>    ie5.html    Type: Hypertext Markup Language (text/html)
>            Encoding: quoted-printable
>                        Name: netscape4.7.html
>    netscape4.7.html    Type: Hypertext Markup Language (text/html)
>                    Encoding: quoted-printable

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