Handling Browser Incompatibility
Online world consists of a number of devices, operating systems and browsers. Innumerable number of people are accessing websites on countless combinations makes the work of a web developer difficult. A web developer cannot simulate the perfect combination to design and develop websites to give a consistent view on any platform.
Browser compatibility is the major restriction design a well received and consistently presented website. Many Issues are related to browser compatibility. Few of them are discussed here along with the possible way outs-
Clever design to handle resolution variations
The resolution of screens starts from 800X600 to 1024X768 and higher. If you design website for an 800X600 pixel screen but user browses it on a higher resolution screen, the page will appear shrunk, giving an undesirable impression. If you design your website for higher resolutions then same webpage on a low resolution screen will go beyond screen. As a result a horizontal scroll will be activated for user to scroll and view the complete content. This also doesn’t go well with your visitors.
To handle this issue you must design your pages cleverly. Placing the important content in the middle section and lesser important towards the margins is a smart way to tackle this problem. When browsed on a high resolution screen webpage displays all content and for lower resolution screens pushes less important content outside screen. Users will not miss much of the action.
The W3C defined a set of web standards. All browsers must follow these standards to make a correct rendering of WebPages. But this is not the situation. Browser developers incorporate their own methods to do specific activities. This is the reason for a few compatibility issues.
Default CSS style of browser
Every browser has a default CSS style which can introduce browser inconsistencies in line heights, margins and font sizes of headings etc..
This problem is easy to handle by creating a master stylesheet at the website level. If a master stylesheet is defined and referenced in all the web pages, it will override the default CSS style of the browser. Clearing out the default browser settings removes the problems in cross-browser web design.
Cross Browser Compatibility Issues & How To Solve It By Anil Gupta
As a web developer the biggest challenge that you face is to develop a website that gives a consistent view across various browsers. If you implement the approaches discussed here to your website, you can give a smooth and consistent experience to your web site visitors.