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    Checking out a website with multiple browsers (2002)

    I'm just setting up a simple web site on a commercial IPS using Front Page 2002, and I wonder how it is possible to check that it works correctly with as many web browsers, of as many levels, as possible - like:<UL><LI>Internet Explorer - all versions from 2 to 6
    <LI>Netscape Navigator - all versions from x to y
    <LI>Opera
    <LI>Mozilla
    <LI>...etc[/list]to say nothing of what may be available on Apple Macs.
    I'm not sure if I can even install multiple versions of Internet Explorer or a single workstation! Or how to get some of the more ancient versions.

    Any thoughts, please? What checking do other people do?
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    Re: Checking out a website with multiple browsers (2002)

    Two things I do:
    1] Check my settings in Tools -> Page Options -> Compatability
    2] Check it out with NS4.07, NS6 and IE5.5 which all reside happily on the one machine.

    (Three actually)
    3] Ignore anyone using anything less than IE4 and conveniently forget about other browsers.

    You will find that when you set the Compatability for the lowest common denominator, most of the 'smart' things that FP can do for you (i.e. from Insert - Web Component) are not available. Neither may be any scripting such as javascript, although nothing stops you adding anything you like manually direct into HTML. Some people see this as an advantage - the hover buttons seem very naff after a while. But if you wanted to do a quick Hit Counter using FP, no-go.

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    Re: Checking out a website with multiple browsers (2002)

    Excellent! I haven't yet done my usual vigorous checkout of Tools => (Page) Options for almost any Microsoft program so I haven't yet found the Compatibility tab (I only got FP2002 on Friday evening!)... Is it reasonable to assume that Microsoft would be sufficiently public-spirited to include checks for "other" browsers???
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    Re: Checking out a website with multiple browsers (2002)

    Only NS specifically, but then NS has so many other quirks, you can't always tell.
    I've had odd things, such as animated graphics running at double speed and two carriage returns not leaving a blank line like this,

    that you really need to do a visual check.

    (BTW - out of habit now, if I want a blank line I just type in a space which seems to force the gap reliably - i.e. cr, space, cr.)

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    Re: Checking out a website with multiple browsers (2002)

    Leif:

    I just rebuilt a site using FP2002 after upgrading from FP2000 - I find the site will not view in NS and now realize it is due to the Compatibility setting being set (by default??) to Custom.

    Must I now reopen every rebuilt page and reset the Compatibility for each page and re upload them all?

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    Re: Checking out a website with multiple browsers (2002)

    I'm not at all sure that changing the compatability once the page has been written will force FP to 'repair' those things that don't work - a quick test here shows you can even manually enter incompatible code without getting a warning. The compatability control only seems to prevent you from using FP's insertion tools if they are going to be incompatible with the current setting.
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    It may be worth playing around with the import tool and seeing if that flags anything up.

    But, if you have something that is incompatible, you are going to have to change it manually anyway. For example, if you had entered a 'Marquee' component (that won't work in NS), FP would not know what to replace it with.....

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