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Lesson 15. Extending Dreamweaver > Checking Browser Compatibility

Checking Browser Compatibility

Many elements you can add to your Web pages will only work in the later versions of browsers. CSS and layers, for example, are only supported in 4.0 or later browsers. Before making a site available to the public, you should test your pages so you have a chance to fix errors and be sure that your audience will be able to view the pages as they are intended to be seen. To develop an accessible site, you can identify target browsers and design your pages with those browsers in mind. Current browsers support tables and frames, but earlier versions of browsers do not. If you know or suspect that a significant number of your users are still using Netscape Navigator 2.0, for example, you would want to check your pages in that browser. If your pages are geared toward people who may be using hand-held devices, readers, or ways other than standard browsers to access your pages, you should test your site with those devices and software applications.

In this exercise, you will use the Target Browser feature in Dreamweaver to test the HTML in your pages against a browser profile and determine whether or not that browser supports the code in your page. You can run a browser check on a saved file, a folder, or the entire site. Dreamweaver only reports the errors—it does not make any changes to your files.


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