Standards or not ?
cullmann at babylon2k.de
Fri Jan 24 20:37:47 UTC 2003
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there were some mails about the question why the page is broken in Netscape
4.x and Konqueror 3.0.x (is it really broken there ? don't have it I must
say, but my friends from university got no problems with their konqui 3.0.x
from suse to view the page).
The possible reason is: We use CSS and valid XHTML.
What should we do ? Try to work around each buggy browser or provide a clean
and validating page ? The Netscape 4 problems may be addressed in the next
code review by Sebastian, but we won't introduce code that make Netscape work
and break the validation. You can't get a valid page with good code, which
approves for the accessibility stuff and all that AND a page that can handle
each and every old broken browser.
I don't like the Netscape 4 breakage, too, as I have to use that browser from
university most time (now they have there mozilla too, fine ;), but that
can't be the reason to break the standard.
That I mentioned in my mails that it works with konqui out of CVS does not
mean that we does any workaround for that konqui version in the html or CSS
code, it shows only that konqui in CVS can handle valid CSS quiet well.
Perhaps I should state clear that our goal is not to have a konqui CVS
compatible page, no , we want to get a page that is viewable in the normal
used browsers today: mozilla, IE, konqui 3.x, opera, etc. and be
accessivbility guidelines conform, We want to provide some basic support for
older ones like ns 4, too, but we don't want to introduce any hacks for some
specific browser that breaks the standard conformance.
The whole webteam wanted XHTML 1.0 conformance (if strict or transitional is
perhaps a matter of taste) and the use of CSS for layout instead of the old
dirty table misusage.
KDE Developer, kde.org Co-Maintainer
http://www.babylon2k.de, cullmann at kde.org
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