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Browser Rendering: A Website Designer’s Nightmare

Further to my recent template problems I fixed it to a specific font pixel size for my header and sidebar instead of percentage points. I left the body so that readers with sight impairment can still make the fonts larger to read my posts. (In case you haven’t noticed, there is also a podcast option found on the post page to listen instead of reading. Just click on the little speaker icon below the post).

Changing the fonts to a specific pixel size should prevent my template from being blown apart and satisfy at least half of the browser users. Unfortunately Firefox ignores CSS control over fonts in favor of supposedly giving the user full control. In all fairness it does have plugins (extensions) such as Greasemonkey, but it’s not without it’s problems either. If you are viewing this site with Firefox I recommend that you use something similar.

This got me thinking about cross-browser inconsistencies and I’m recommending that programmers follow Opera’s lead which has a sensible zoom feature (dynamic resizing) that zooms the entire website, not just the text - i.e. the text remains in proportion with the site template and won’t break your design. Very nice.

That’s a good compromise for both the designer as well as the reader don’t you think. Is anyone listening out there?


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Written July 14th, 2006 by | 13 Comments | Filed under: Blog Tips, Design Tips ,

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There are 13 Comments so far to “Browser Rendering: A Website Designer’s Nightmare”

  1. Great news.It’s hard to imagine that firefox has become even better!
    Now it’s an ultimate browser, I guess.

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    Download Firefox 2

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    Reply by: Exquisite at 6:29 am said...

    @Anonymous, Yeah Firefox is the ultimate browser for sure. I am using it since 3 years.
    Good post BTW.
    Thanks

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  2. Thank you - I’ll be sure to check back later for more of your posts.

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  3. Thank you - I’ll be sure to check back later for more of your posts.

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  4. hey id like to talk with you about your blog. please email me - thanks.

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    Reply by: Blog Bloke at 12:13 pm said...

    @Jacob, how about you email me? Thanks.

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  5. Thank you - I’ll be sure to check back later for more of your posts

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  6. Thanks for the tips, Are you designing blogs? mail me..

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  7. thanks for your tips.

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  8. Great tips and information. I didn’t know this before reading your blog. Thanks for sharing this

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  9. Nice. Keep up the good work here.

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  10. This blog is really informative to know about browser compatibility to run a website. It is a good thing for web designers to implement design in new latest way with cross browser compatibility.

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