To all web designers and experts
I am new to web design. I would like to design and make my web site look perfect in IE 6, IE7, IE8 and firefox 3 version. Presently, its look fine in IE6 but when i view in IE7 the site does not look good. How to rectify this problem --- web design with cross browser comptible problems.
I am using dreamweaver to design my website, what i did is to design a few sets for respective browser. And use the browser checking tool in dreamweaver to check when it load the index.htm page.
I am looking for any "open source cross browser checking tool" to view my work. Any experts here can share with me the cross browser checking tool, website or advise is highly appreciated.
It is not possible to install IE 6 and IE7 separately in the same computer, i am using window xp pro. Please help.
Are you familiar with using virtual machines? We have a couple of virtual machines running different browsers, this gives us the best possible way of checking if our sites work correctly.
You can also try http://tredosoft.com/Multiple_IE , this is a program that install multile instances of older browsers, think it only works on Windows XP at the moment, support for ie5 and older is sketchy, but if you upgrade your main browser to ie7, you can easily install ie6 alongside it.
Browsershots is ok, but does take a while sometimes to return results (not sure if there is a paid "instant" option?)
I'm not sure if your using Mac or PC, but I recommend downloading all the browsers if you really want to know what it will look like. That can be tough for PC users, since you can only have one version of Internet Explorer installed. But for the Mac users, check out Crossover. I have IE6 and IE7 installed on my Intel Mac, along with Opera, Firefox, Safari, and a Beta of Google chrome. Crossover can be really useful for checking your designs in the various versions of IE.
The website i provided does not offer ie7/ie8, what you would be required to do is to upgrade your own browser on your development environment up to Internet explorer 8, then you can install internet explorer 6 from that website.
To get internet explorer 7 settings you can turn on compatibility mode within IE 8.
As i said, it's not fool proof and proper virtual environment for thorough compatibility checking is recommended.
Regarding upgrading Dreamweaver, as long as you code correctly and validate that code according to W3 standards there is no need to spend $xxxx on upgrading to the latest version.
Using the wysiwyg editor will be the culprit of most deprecated tags.