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The Basics of Web Design > Design Limitations of the Browser

Design Limitations of the Browser

During the browser wars between Netscape and Microsoft in the 1990s, every browser update was eagerly awaited by users and Web designers alike, because with each new version came a whole new realm of design possibilities. Back then, backward compatibility was a big issue: Designing a Web page for the latest version of a browser often meant that some visitors (those with older versions) were not able to see the page. This is not the case anymore; both Navigator and Explorer are quite up to par, and they have been available for quite some time. This doesn’t mean that there aren’t any more design limitations. It just means that Web designers don’t have to worry too much about backward compatibility. If your Web site can be displayed successfully on a version 4.x browser, it will look good on other browsers as well. The following sections discuss some other design issues that you should be aware of.

Tables

Getting a table to appear and behave the exact same way on Internet Explorer as it does on Netscape Navigator can sometimes be quite a challenge. The reason for this is that certain table attributes are interpreted differently:


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