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Old Jan 12th, 2013, 12:59 AM   #1
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Why some websites don't work properly in your favorite browser

Why some websites don't work properly in your favorite browser.

And this sure hit home yesterday when trying to use a web site she paid for to use. And yes, she got her money back today.

No Mac browser I tried on her iMac would display properly and I gave up.

Today I came across this macworld page:
Why some websites don't work properly in your favorite browser | Macworld

But I was sure surprised to read we're no way out of the HTML rendering woods yet it seems when I read:

"Thus, the specification behind the fifth incarnation of HTML is not expected to be finalized until 2014, and won’t become a “Recommendation”—the status accorded by the W3C to official standards—until 2016. Yet HTML5, as it is commonly called, is already widely used by all major browsers and many, many websites, although support for HTML5 is implemented in different ways by each browser vendor."

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Old Jan 12th, 2013, 12:04 PM   #2
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Hmm while what they wrote is true IMO the biggest cause of problems for Mac users accessing the web are those pages that were written for Internet Explorer and take advantage of it's 'quirks' instead of more universal techniques.

HTML5 is a welcome update and will make life much easier for us to build proper mobile interfaces...but Microsoft won't allow Internet Exploder to update to a newer version in WinXP that supports HTML5 so for me I'm stuck needing to build mobile sites for my client base and a high percentage of them are still using XP & IE.
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That sounds like a lot of extra work to support older OS and browsers.

I just tried the The HTML5 test - How well does your browser support HTML5? site and was quite surprised that Google Chrome got a much higher score than my SL Safari 5.1.7.
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Old Jan 13th, 2013, 05:42 PM   #4
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Ratings for all the browsers here: The HTML5 test - How well does your browser support HTML5?

Interesting that RIM does so well...

At any rate, any web developer who doesn't test a site in ALL the major browsers for Mac and PC is, IMHO, not worthy of the job title. I test every site I do in Safari, FF (Mac and Windows), IE 8 & 9 and Chrome. Sometimes some of the more obscure browsers too. The worst examples of sites not working in Mac browsers are generally courtesy of big corporations that are entirely MS-centric. Depending on their site usage, they may or may not be able to get away with it. The Gap and Old Navy, for the longest time, had an online ordering system that didn't work on Mac browsers. I complained - as no doubt, so did many others. They responded that they were aware of it and they were working to fix it - and they did, a couple of years ago. The major growth in Mac use, particularly among the demographic of their customers no doubt made this more of a priority.

If I come across sites that don't work on a Mac, I tend to complain (depending of course, on the degree of not-workingness!) - sometimes it's just an oversight.

Of course, one of the biggest problems is that IE is still (though only by a hair, and it depends on the stats you choose) the most popular browser and it's the one most likely to break with otherwise entirely compliant standards-based code. However, it has been improving, slowly.
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Old Jan 13th, 2013, 09:30 PM   #5
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I sure wish there were some HTML "standards" that some sites would use and test their sites with the supposed "standards", as just today I had to install a new Google Chrome update to use for at least three sites that would not display properly and were barely readable with my SL Safari 5.1.7.
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Speaking of HTML 5, I was on the YouTube HTML 5 pilot and performance was hideous. Video was choppy at best and more often just froze. Didn't look into why, just withdrew from the pilot with a short explanation. It turns out I wasn't the only one.
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