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Chapter Eleven. Working with Browsers Pa... > Celebrate Browser Diversity! (Or at ...

Celebrate Browser Diversity! (Or at Least Learn to Live with It)

Gecko's Standards mode differs from IE's in a few details, and this difference can be disagreeable if you're not expecting it. The difference is especially visible and can be especially disagreeable in hybrid (CSS plus table) layouts when viewed in first-generation Gecko browsers.

After converting from HTML 4.01 Transitional to XHTML 1.0 Transitional, making no changes to their markup except those described in “Converting to XHTML: Simple Rules, Easy Guidelines” (Chapter 6), designers will expect their layout to look just the way it always has. After all, they're only changing a few markup tags; they're not altering the design. Nevertheless, their layout might look unexpectedly different in early Gecko browsers such as Netscape 6.0 and Mozilla 1.0. If the designers have converted to XHTML Strict, the layout will look different in all Gecko browsers, old and new. There is a standards-based reason for the change—and there is also an easy way to change it back.


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