working on a Mac

Posted on 2003-03-17
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I use Dreamweaver 3 on a Mac (800x600 laptop), soon to upgrade to MX.

My problem is is that the majority of my sites' are viewed on PCs.  How can I, on my Mac, preview exactly what these PC users will see?  I usually just increase the font to 120%, which comes closer but is not exact.  I also recall some kind of software/website that would show what a web page would look like in different combinations of platforms and browsers...are these any good?  And wouldn't I still have the Mac/PC problem?

Ah, the age-old cross-platform and cross-browser differences....

Thanks for any help you may be able to provide -
Question by:jim123052397
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The only way to get close is to run a Windows emulator on your Mac. It won't be exact (colors will still be a bit different), but it should be closer.

I wouldn't increase the font at all -- it shouldn't be necessary if you use % or em for the font sizes, not pixels. Don't use FONT tags, use styles, and don't use pixels unless you don't want it to be easily adjusted. If you use %/em, the font size will key off the user's default font size (default=100%) regardless of browser or OS.

But no matter what you do, it's never going to be EXACTLY the same on both platforms. Nor does it need to be. Remember -- if they've got a Mac, they're never going to know how it looks on a PC, and vice versa. ;-)

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yeah, but it matters in the case of line wrapping, for instance - and in table cells - when it fits on the Mac, but doesn't on the PC.  i don;t think dreamweaver 3 deals with the %/em...is this incorporated into MX?  might be quite a chore to switch over 100 pages of fonts....
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webwoman earned 200 total points
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Stylesheets are MUCH better... you have ONE place to change things. You need to upgrade -- MX is MUCH better than DW3.

And if your layout is so restrictive that a variation in the text size screws it up, you need to rework it. You also shouldn't be worrying about line breaks, you can NEVER know what they're going to be.

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