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    Is anybody else here as frustrated as I am with the differences between browsers when it comes to displaying content?! I'm so freakin' irritated at that stuff...

    For example, I have this page I'm working on:

    http://www.scottcleans.com/chris/index.html

    It displays as a nice box with a drop shadow in IE, but in Netscape 7 and in Mozilla, it shows up differently. There are spots where things are out of place. It's not even much code! What's up with that?!

    I'm probably gonna change the design all together anyway, but it's the principle of the matter. It's VALID xhtml, yet it displays differently in each broswer.

    Any ideas as to how I'd get it to display correctly in both browsers?

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    It looks fine to me in Mozilla which is what Nutscrape uses:
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    HUH?! What the heck?!

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    Wow, it wasn't working right the other day! Maybe it was the minor changes I made or something.....hmmmm.....

    Well, either way, I'm still ticked at the way the browsers display content differently!

    I've been told that IE "interprets" the standards differently from everybody else. If so, I ask: What's the point of having standards, if everybody interprets them differently?!?!

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    IE is just more forgiving and supports more stuff.
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    Oh...well, I wish they'd all just get together and decide on how to do things. I think Microsoft does it on purpose so that people will code for their browser, thus making it the perceived better browser and crowding out the competition...So, basically, it pays to endorse lazy coding...that sucks.

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    I don't necessarily think that's the case. While IE is more forgiving, I've seen perfectly valid HTML pages (especially ones that employ CSS and JavaScript) appear differently in both browsers. It's just the way the two interpret code. A friend of mine calls it the "90/10 rule. You spend 90% of the time adjusting your pages for Netscape so that they can look 10% as good as IE makes them look."

    Much as I'd personally like to see them both interpret code the same way, the sad fact is that since both are owned by semi-rival corporations, this is not likely to happen any time soon.

    The only way I've figured out around it that seems to work consistently is browser sniffing, but that's such a pain in the butt that I don't often bother with it as a result. I'll code so it works and looks good in IE first, and Netscape after.
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    Good points. It would certainly be better for people in general if the two could just work together on things and decide on a standard way of interpreting things or if w3c could somehow give them a standard to follow on how to interpret things, but that's really too much to ask, I realize.


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