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Chapter 9. Tips and Tricks > Checking Your Work

Checking Your Work

One of the biggest complaints about designing for the Web is that, unlike a printed brochure, no two people see your design in the same way. Each platform, browser, monitor, screen resolution, screen size, and bit depth will treat your site differently. There is also the speed of the Internet connection to consider. With all these differences, there is one thing that stays the same: You have to test your site on all of these variables to make sure it will work for everyone. It's important to have access to as many platforms possible running as many different browsers. Here are some explanations as to why.

Platform

There are inherent differences in the four most popular computer platforms. The Mac and PC computers all display color differently. They are each comprised of different hardware and software. That doesn't even take into consideration that each monitor on the market is set to display color differently. If you aren't sure what we're talking about, go to a computer store that sells more than one type of computer. Oftentimes they are all lined up next to each other with their monitors on. Look at the differences between all the computers and different monitors. Sometimes you can see major differences between two different setups with the same computer and monitor.


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