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Chapter Eleven. Working with Browsers Pa... > Three Modes for Sister Sara

Three Modes for Sister Sara

For reasons we'll explain later in this chapter, newer Gecko browsers toggle between three modes: Quirks (as described earlier), Almost Standards (equivalent to Standards mode in IE), and Standards (slightly different from IE's Standards mode in one or two key particulars). Also, some DOCTYPEs that trigger Standards mode in early Gecko browsers instead trigger Almost Standards mode in later Gecko browsers.

To the uninitiated, this might appear deeply and painfully confusing, but a few pages from now, you will find it cruelly and brutally confusing. Nonetheless, there are legitimate reasons for it, and, just as importantly, there are also good, easy workarounds that help ensure correct display not only in browsers that use various methods of DOCTYPE switching, but also in browsers like Opera 5/6 that don't use DOCTYPE switching at all. Hang in there and read on. Together we will get through this.


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