Browser capabilities? Stick to the standards.

Subject: Browser capabilities? Stick to the standards.
From: "Hart, Geoff" <Geoff-H -at- MTL -dot- FERIC -dot- CA>
To: "Techwr-L (E-mail)" <TECHWR-L -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Fri, 31 Mar 2000 13:46:03 -0500

Missed the start of this thread, but if the goal is to determine what
browser-specific features you should feel free to use, the correct answer is
"none". There are international standards for HTML, and in the absence of
any very compelling reason to violate them (e.g., you're working on a
company intranet, and you know for a fact that everyone uses Internet
Explorer), you should stick to the standards. It's amazing what you can do
with vanilla HTML if you try. And if everyone ignored proprietary Microsoft
and Netscape extensions, just maybe we wouldn't have all this grief
designing multiple pages with different features.

--Geoff Hart, FERIC, Pointe-Claire, Quebec
geoff-h -at- mtl -dot- feric -dot- ca

"Technical writing... requires understanding the audience, understanding
what activities the user wants to accomplish, and translating the often
idiosyncratic and unplanned design into something that appears to make
sense."--John R. Norman, The Invisible Computer

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