Re: Unicode HTML, download

From: Philippe Verdy (
Date: Sat Nov 20 2004 - 19:06:53 CST

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    From: "E. Keown" <>
    > Great idea! I code in the seldom-seen AHTML ('Archaic
    > HTML'), as you all suspected.
    > A friend tested a page I wrote last month and found it
    > wouldn't work on any of his 5 browsers....oh well.

    Well, Elaine, if you want maximum compatibility, you should better use XHTML
    which adds more restrictions than it adds features. It's the old HTML which
    causes most troubles across distinct browsers, due to its ambiguities, or
    differences of implementations (frames, table formats with non-zero cell
    spacing and cell padding, backgrounds, column widths in percentages
    specified by HTML
    attributes instead of by CSS
        style="width: x%"
    attributes or stylesheet rules...).


    (1) enforce the XML rules: close all tags (notably <p>...</p> or
    <li>...</li> paragraphs, and <br /> or <img ... /> and <meta ... /> empty
    elements), make them all properly nested.

    (2) use only the standard subset of HTML elements and attributes. And make
    sure you don't include HTML block elements within HTML inline elements (for
    example <font> elements surrounding <p> paragraphs...)

    (3) use simple CSS stylesheets, with only one rule per element or class. And
    don't overuse some advanced CSS2 or CSS3 style features. Keep some tolerance
    for table column widths (make sure that font sizes can be reduced or
    increased for accessibility).

    (4) test your pages in IE-6, FireFox-1.0 (excellent!), Netscape-4 (old...),
    and on Mac Safari if you can: it should be enough to work well with most
    other browsers (Netscape 6+ should behave mostly like IE-6 and FireFox on
    Windows, as long as you don't need JavaScript).

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