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Inconsistent Compatibility

I've asked people to check http://jonathanscommunity.com, and gotten very inconsistent feedback. In a nutshell:

Win/IE: Sometimes works, sometimes displays with horizontal scrollbar.
Win/Firefox: Appears to work.
Linux/Firefox: Sometimes works, sometimes doesn't load.
OSX/Safari: Sometimes works, sometimes doesn't load.

I've used it successfully with Win/IE, Win/Firefox, and Linux/Firefox. I've pasted below what people have emailed me when I asked them to check if http://jonathanscommunity.com works with their browsers:

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I'm having trouble getting the page to load at all in Safari on my mac. It also doesn't want to load on firefox on Gentoo. It may be some strange problem with my DSL line, but it has been over a minute and it still isn't fully loaded. :-( I'll see if I can take a look from work - maybe it will load sufficiently fast for me to look at it there....

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It seems to work fine on my computer (Mac), using Safari.

OT question deleted

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And it works on mine, too. (Mac OS9 using Netscape 7.0) name deleted


++ Jonathan Hayward, jonathan.hayward@pobox.com
    • To see an award-winning website with stories, essays, artwork,
    • games, and a four-dimensional maze, why not visit my home page?
    • All of this is waiting for you at http://JonathansCorner.com
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I've asked people to check http://jonathanscommunity.com, and gotten very inconsistent feedback. In a nutshell:

Win/IE: Sometimes works, sometimes displays with horizontal scrollbar.
Win/Firefox: Appears to work.
Linux/Firefox: Sometimes works, sometimes doesn't load.
OSX/Safari: Sometimes works, sometimes doesn't load.
...


It's normal to have display differences due to inconsistencies in how browsers interpret CSS and so on. It's a major effort to get things to work in even the most popular browsers. Seems like about one-third of theme-creating time goes into coming up with and refining the overall look and function, about one-third into getting the many small details styled consistently, and one-third into trying to solve cross-browser problems. Of course the goal is to have the display acceptable, if not perfect according to your initial goal, in all browsers.

Things should work, of course. If a page doesn't even load, then there is a functional problem beyond style flaws.

To comment on your site, it's necessary to know exactly what isn't displaying in what browser, and to see your .tpl, .css and other files that go into making the pages. General statements aren't very useful.

-- Gary


> To comment on your site, it's necessary to know exactly what isn't displaying in what browser, and to see your .tpl, .css and other files that go into making the pages. General statements aren't very useful.

The CSS file is at
http://jonathanscommunity.com/styles/jonathanscommunity.css

The tpl file is at http://jonathanscommunity.com/templates/tiki.tpl

Other templates are at http://jonathanscommunity.com/templates/ .

Does this help?

++ Jonathan Hayward, jonathan.hayward@pobox.com
    • To see an award-winning website with stories, essays, artwork,
    • games, and a four-dimensional maze, why not visit my home page?
    • All of this is waiting for you at http://JonathansCorner.com{QUOTE}

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