WEBSITE DESIGN & ONLINE MARKETING

Email me when new posts are made to this blog

An Effective Web Page Design Must be Compatible with Different Browsers

Written by David Kelly on April 1st, 2008.      0 comments

The same web page design may look different depending on which Internet browser is being used to view your page. The most common browser (supplied by Microsoft) is called Internet Explorer. However, it is important to recognise that there are a growing number of users using alternative browsers to the one supplied by Microsoft. The most common emerging browser is one called Mozilla Firefox (www.getfirefox.com). Unfortunately, different browsers require the web page design to be coded differently in order to look acceptable – this is further compounded by the fact that sometimes different versions of the same browser also need to be coded differently.


There are a number of different ways that this is handled:

 

Compliance with Web Standards

There are a number of standards called the “W3C standards” for coding web pages. Most of the browsers do not yet support all the standards, for various reasons, but they are slowly conforming and getting closer to the W3C standards. By conforming to the W3C standards on your web site you can maximise your browser compatibility and future-proof your web page design.

 

Browser Detection

On a user’s first visit to your web site it is possible to detect what browser they are using. The appropriate web site ‘code’ can then be customised and presented to the end user, depending on their browser, to help ensure your web page design looks the same to everyone.

 

Graceful Degradation

If, for some reason, a user has certain features turned off in their browser, that they’ll require to view your web page design, then your web site should ‘gracefully degrade’ to a lower level of functionality, for their set up. The user experience may be restricted but they should still be able to complete basic tasks, such as view the site and retrieve contact details.

Topics: Web Design Tips
 

Comments

logo netguide 2011logo netguide 2012logo netguide 20132014 footerlogo deloitte logo deloitte logo deloitte logo deloitte logo deloitte

About Zeald

Zeald was formed in 2001 by three young guys from the small New Zealand town of Mangawhai Heads. Now, Zeald is the largest website design and digital marketing agency in New Zealand and has recently made moves into Australia. This is the Zeald story …

read more
 

Connect With Us

Keep up to date with industry news, stay ahead of the competition with our helpful articles

Google Plus Facebook Youtube Twitter Linkedin
 
 

Contact Us

New Zealand
09 415 7575
Australia
1800 224 032

42 Tawa Dr, Albany, Auckland 0632

Support