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Chapter 4. Blazing Browsers: Real World ... > Browser Checking without The Browser

Browser Checking without The Browser

There’s what, a gazillion browser versions in use on the web now? Oh, wait, I forgot about the latest release—make that a gazillion and one. How do you check your pages against them all when you can’t possibly have all the browsers? Dreamweaver’s Target Browser Check is one often-overlooked alternative that gives you a way to check your entire site against 16 major browser versions. To see the possibilities, choose Window > Results, then click the Target Browser Check tab, and then select the green arrow to get started. Selecting all the browser versions in the Target Browser Check will definitely lead you to say, “Well, you can’t please all the people all the time,” unless your page is just bare text. It’s best to decide which browsers you intend to support and just run Target Browser Check against them. I, for example, rarely check for anything below a version 4 browser these days—it all depends on the client’s web statistics. If the logs show that 15% of the site’s visitors are using Netscape 2.0, I’m going to be sure the site looks acceptable in that browser.

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