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Article: Either Support Safari, Or Lose Customers

December 13th, 2005 Leave a comment Go to comments

This article, entitled “Either Support Safari, Or Lose Customers” makes a lot of sense, but I don’t think it gets to the point well enough. In summary, the article says that unless website designers do not support Safari, then they will alienate Apple users.

My point is this: I don’t understand how a website can do this. To “not support” Safari, requires specific logic to detect the browser specifically, and refuse entry. Why have they not designed the site against a recognised W3C standard? In short, Mozilla Firefox (and other “Sea Monkey” derivatives), Konqueror and KHTML (which Safari is based on), and now several other browser engines all conform to W3C standards for the most part of XHTML, and CSS. In fact, it is Internet Explorer that does not parse web sites correctly. However, given a standards compatible site, Internet Explorer will do a pretty damn good job of rendering it.

So then, the logic follows, instead of making a website that looks good in one browser only, why not make a website that will appear good in the new wave of browsers (which will include Internet Explorer 7 when it is released) but won’t look terrible in the one browser that doesn’t go by the book? That way, there would be no need to alienate users of operating systems, or alternative browsers, that you haven’t thought to cater for.

I used to code the other way round – make sites that look good in IE, and just check that they work OKish in Netscape. Now, I flipped that around. I develop my sites for (and using) Firefox, and get them to validate. During the process, I then check the site design in IE, KHTML, and now that I have my Mac, Safari and Camino too.

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