Scripting for 5th Generation Browsers and Beyond
Scripting for 5th Generation Browsers and Beyond By ( Eddie Traversa )
The release of NS6 has been a hotly debated topic on the 'Net. At the center of this debate have been claims of lack of functionality and usability. To an extent these claims are accurate as the browser does have some usability issues, e.g. non-functional rollovers, as one example. However, approaching Netscape 6 from this negative perspective and focusing on the things that do not work is a limiting viewpoint. It is limiting because 'we' as Web developers tend to lose sight of the bigger picture and consequently do not focus on what the browser can do in terms of coding practices.
While I understand that catering to Netscape 4 for commercial reasons is still essential for many Web developers, I think it is equally important to understand that the future (emphasis on future) of the Web does not lie in providing backward compatible solutions catering to proprietary technology. Rather the future of Web development seems inherently tied to coding by a singular standard as evidenced by browsers beginning to adopt more W3C recommendations than at any other time in the history of the WWW. Consequently, it is imperative to begin to understand how to code for the leading browsers of today.
Which brings us to the purpose of this article. In this article I would like to expose the reader to some coding methods that cater to Internet Explorer 5+ and Netscape 6+. Hopefully, the coding examples provided here will serve the function of whetting the appetites of Web developers and make them more eager to embrace the dawn of a new era.
- Part 1: Nuts and Bolts
- Part II: Practical Applications
Created: August 16, 2001
Revised: August 22, 2001