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Re: FW: Website development

From: David H. Thornley
Subject: Re: FW: Website development
Date: Fri, 16 Feb 2001 11:29:05 -0600

"Atkinson, Chip" wrote:
> Thanks for the information.  One thing that I've encountered is the need to
> take very tiny steps with web development some times.  Part of this is
> because browsers aren't like compilers.  Things like
> <tr><td>blah blah blah</td><tr>
> get rendered differently than
> <tr>
>   <td>
>     blah blah blah
>   </td>
> </tr>
> Icky stuff like that means that if you wrote the entire page at once you may
> end up having to re-do the entire thing after you see how it's rendered by
> the browser.
This is getting off-topic, but how much control do you have over
the people who are going to access this?  If this is a purely
internal web page, and you know everybody's going to use the
same version of Netscape or Internet Explorer with pretty much
the same settings, then it makes sense to consider the exact
difference between the renderings of the above.  Even then,
odd stuff like that may change for the worse any time your
company upgrades equipment or browser versions.

If this is for external use, then people are going to use mostly
Netscape and IE, but of all different versions and option
settings.  Some people will be using a different browser, such
as Opera, iCab, WebTV, Lynx, old AOL, whatever, and you may wish to
consider them.

So, for external use, you can't possibly know how the reader's
browser is going to render the HTML.  It depends on browser,
version, settings, window size, and possibly other thing.  About
the best you can do is write mostly standard HTML and look at it
in a few setups and see that it looks reasonable in each.

> I guess to summarize, I'd like to avoid having to force people to
> drastically change the way that things are done in order to use CVS.
Understandable.  It does sound as though CVS is a bad fit for
what you're doing right now and how you're doing it.  Whether
this means using something else or changing the process is a
judgment call.

David H. Thornley                          Software Engineer
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