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These are the main problems some are fixed, some are not, try out a variety of browsers and see for yourself.
Item Opera 7.23 Mozilla 1.6 IE 5.5 IE 6.0.2800... Mozilla Firefox PR 1.0
Div Block sizing ok ok ok Extends blocks further to the right than other browsers, requiring user to scroll right to see the whole section. ok
List Item Icon ok Shows a dot (partially) with the Icon of the first list item. The dot is either under the icon or on top of it. Fixed with css (list-style-type: none;) If a list Item extends over multiple lines, the Icon is centered vertically. So if the list item is 5 lines long, the icon appears ajacent to line 3. Fixed with css (list-style-type: none;) If a list Item extends over multiple lines, the Icon is centered vertically. So if the list item is 5 lines long, the icon appears ajacent to line 3. Fixed with css (list-style-type: none;) ok
Footer Menu Positioning ok ok ok Positions the menu items to the far right of the screen. ok
Background Colouring ok ok ok The background colour must be specfically set. If the colour is not set an unwanted colour will be displayed. All other browsers including IE5 default to white, which seems a more sensible choice. Although from a programmers perspective an unset colour is a bit like a variable that was not initialised properly, something you should not do. This issue is fixed. ok
Colours ok ok ok The colours appear more washed out under this browser. ok
Fixed and Scrolling elements Works Perfectly, the menu stays still but the rest scrolls. Works Perfectly, the menu stays still but the rest scrolls. The Menu of this site and all the detail above and below it are not supposed to scroll, Under this browser the entire page scrolls. The Menu of this site and all the detail above and below it are not supposed to scroll, Under this browser the entire page scrolls. ok
Icon Display On the menu, when the mouse hovers over an item, the 'ball' icon is supposed to 'switch', sometimes, this does not always happen, and the 'ball' disappears entirely. ok ok ok ok
Alignment ok The poll questions stubbornly align to the left in this browser, all other browsers see the questions centered, in the menu pane. ok ok ok
Fonts ok ok ok ok The font size displays as a little small, this may be a linux/kde issue related to the workstation screen resolution settings. The font can be increased by a ctrl-+. so its still easy to use.
Table Column sizing When Undefined, the column sizes change to get the best fit based on the length of the content. When Undefined, the column sizes all default to the same width, regardless of the length of the content. When Undefined, the column sizes change to get the best fit based on the length of the content. No IE 6.0.2800... browser available, at time of testing this issue. ok
Item Opera 7.23 Mozilla 1.6 IE 5.5 IE 6.0.2800... Mozilla Firefox
Summary (placings based on the isses raised above) Second place Third place Second last, but significantly better than ie6.. Last Place, by far the most complicated browser to accomodate. First Place
On the whole IE 6.0.2800..... gave us the most problems. This was made worse by us not having an IE 6.0.2800.... browser available at all times, so testing for IE 6.0.2800.... compatability was a special chore. (and where did they get that version number?)
Update 2004-11-05
Mozilla Firefox was added to this comparison. No changes were made to the site to accomodate Mozilla Firefox. Mozilla Firefox is starting to make noticeable inroads into the MS browser monopoly. This certainly reflects our experiences with IE 6.0.2800..... and Mozilla Firefox. I fairness to the other browsers it should be mentioned that there are still some missing plugins for Mozilla Firefox. If this site relied on, you the reader, using certain plugins, Opera would have been the winner.
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