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Netscape and IE APPEARANCE!!!!

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I am using Frontpage 2000!!

When I view the pages I created they look fine in IE but the formatting in Netscape is not at all what it should be.  Font's are larger. Some things appear in different areas than they should.  I am basically concerned about Netscape 4+ browsers and IE 5+ browsers!!!  I would greatly appreciate you tips and pointers so that I can understand better who to do this.  Here are my following questions:


-Is there a way, in FrontPage2000, to assure that a page will look the same in Netscape 4+ and IE 5+???
-If so, how do I go about it?
-Can it be used in pre-existing pages?
-Are there any pointers or tips to assure that a page has a consistent look in Netscape and IE?
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by:fibdev
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-Is there a way, in FrontPage2000, to assure that a page will look the same in Netscape 4+ and IE 5+???

Answer:  Sorry, No there isn't I wish there were.

-Are there any pointers or tips to assure that a page has a consistent look in Netscape and IE?

Answer:  Some things to consider ...

Although they claim to support Dynamic Styles  Netscapes "support" is not what it should be.  The only way to insure the page(s) will look good in Netscape and IE is to design them for Netscape.  You will lose quite a few options if you take this approch.  In my case, statistical information shows that more than 90% of the visitors to my site use Internet Explorer 4.0 or better so I design my pages as such.  They don't look as good for the people that are still loyal to Netscape, but I try not to worry about it and place a link to download IE and a message saying that the site is best viewed with ie.

Best of luck

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by:Schlieper
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mtking,
  I just ran accross this problem myself, I design in FP2000 and my clients use Netscape but a few use IE so what I ended up doing was making it look good in IE.  Then I copied all the pages and previewed and looked at them in Netscape and tweaked them enough to look good in Netscape.
  After doing this I made my index.htm page a blank white page and added some JavaScript that would look what browser the person was using and then would forward them to either the IE or Netscape site.
  I hope this helps you out.  But what I would really like to see is Netscape and IE become so standardized that you can view in either and it wont make a difference, but I guess I'm just dreaming on that one.
  Happy coding.

-Schlieper
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by:djessee
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The only way you're going to have IDENTICAL formatting in both FrontPage and Netscape is to make totally seperate web sites as per Schlieper's advice.  Personally, I don't have the fortitude to take on such a task.  My company's site has over 2000 pages on it, so here are a couple of rules of thumb:

1)  Don't try to have the pages look identical in each browser.  Try to make sure they're presenting your information correctly and effectively.

2)  Tone down the Formatting.  Every time you change fonts, font styles, colors, etc.  you're creating another opening for discrepencies in the final product.  Try to keep things straight forward, Paragraphs, Headings user-defines style classes.  If you need something fancy, consider using a graphic of your text.

3) Use styles!  Find out about Cascading style sheets and use them as much as possible for your formatting.  When you're determining text size, you can size it in pixels as opposed to the HTML "Size='2'" (2 what??).  If you format font sizes this way, the formatting will be closer between browsers (closer, but not the same).

Please don't get wrapped up in the fact that things don't look the same.  Just try to make them look good.  No one is going to be looking at your site on 2 different browsers, so look at the site in its entirety in one prowser.  If it looks good, then forget what you just saw and look at it in the other browser without comparing the 2.

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by:djessee
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dang...am I a cruddy typist or what?? :)
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mshelley earned 100 total points
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They won't look identical, but you can save yourself from some diappointment by using the the following:

on the Tools menu, choose Page options, then choose the compatibility tab.  There you will be able to only enable components that will work for your specifications.

also, use command spacing and formatting, for example, use center instead of moving objects with your spacebar, etc.  things like that will help too.

test in both browsers during development -- it could save time later.
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