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    Cross Browser tests (IE/Netscape) - which browser to begin with

    When attempting to record declarations that will eventually be used for cross-browser testing (VO model required, I suppose), is it better to record first against IE, and modify for Netscape, or vice versa ?

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    Re: Cross Browser tests (IE/Netscape) - which browser to begin with

    I have always worked from IE and re-engineered etc for other browsers. I have never had any real problems doing this but I am lead to believe by a colleague that starting from Netscape to go to IE is fine but it is harder to then test other browsers.
    If you are only working with IE and Netscape then I don't think that it makes too much difference.

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    Re: Cross Browser tests (IE/Netscape) - which browser to begin with

    IE to Netscape is better, always work with the popular browser first
    The reason is that it most likely more stable and up to the standard.

    Try the keywords netscape and explorer
    i believe, to branch between either browser for special cares.

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    Re: Cross Browser tests (IE/Netscape) - which browser to begin with

    There are several sites such as: http://www.skymind.com/cgi/ocrow/browsers
    or http://www.cen.uiuc.edu/~ejk/bryl-otherstats.html

    which log the browsers of their visitors, and these sites tend to indicate that IE is the market leader and that Netscape is by far the best of the rest.

    I think it is easier to go from IE to Netscape rather than the other way round.

    The other thing to come from this is that if you reference the studies in these sites then you can possibily argue to ditch testing on other browsers.

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    Re: Cross Browser tests (IE/Netscape) - which browser to begin with

    In case this helps, there have been other recent posts that contradict what is being recommended here. Those posts explained that it was "easier" to get things working for both IE and Netscape if you record the window decs using Netscape then tweak as needed for IE.

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    Re: Cross Browser tests (IE/Netscape) - which browser to begin with

    In my experience, Netscape seems to see things quite a bit differently than IE, so it is easier to first set up using Netscape, then add the additional tags that IE sees. It has been harder to make tests work when I have first recorded with IE. It seems that IE is a bit more versatile than Netscape in what it sees or expects to see.

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    [This message has been edited by janek (edited 04-06-2001).]

 

 

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