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A computer

You do need a computer. As soon as you start talking about building a Web site, you start to get advice from everyone about what type of a computer to buy. You'll hear arguments about PCs versus Macintosh computers. Some people believe that if you're going to do design work, you must have a Macintosh. Other people say that if you're going to do Web design, you have to use a PC because “everyone” uses PCs. These opinions are just that — opinions. The fact is that you can outfit either a PC or a Mac computer with professional‐grade graphic and Web design software. Both types of computers are just fine to do Web design work. The choice for you comes down to what you want to use. If you have a computer that can handle your graphics software already, use that. In general, graphics and Web design software requires between 256MB of RAM and 320MB of RAM.

Many professional Web designers actually work on both Macintosh and PC computers. Working cross‐platform helps the designer to ensure that the site and graphics look good on both types of machines. There are differences between the two in how their browsers render Web pages. And PCs tend to display colors a little darker than Macs. As a Web designer, you don't have any control over what machines and browsers your visitors use and what their personal settings are. That's why it's so important that you test your site on a variety of machines before going live to make sure everything works and looks right. If you don't have both types of machine, find a way to check Web pages on both platforms to ensure things are working right and looking good.


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