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Web site plans
October 12 2011
While smartphone views are currently only a small percentage of viewers
of my web site (IE6, for better or for worse still
has a higher
percentage), their number is increasing while legacy IE user percentages
That in mind, here are some tentative plans for updating the web page
design in 2012:
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- The web site was a table-free design until testing shows this was
causing problems in Internet Explorer 7 and 8. I had to add tables
to work around CSS bugs in these older browsers.
- That in mind, I would like to return to the original table-free
design, along with <!--[if lt IE 9]><![endif]--> code
to show only ancient IE releases tables.
- The webpage shows a banner suggesting upgrading for IE6 users. I may
keep this banner, remove the banner and test the webpage design in my
older laptop with an IE6 virtual machine, or lock out IE6 users
using code like this.
- I will need to have access to some kind of smartphone to perform
small browser testing.
- I will keep the same appearance as the current design; the
redesign is so smartphone users on small screens see the ads at the
bottom, instead of the right, of the page.
- I have already updated my archive of some
ancient Usenet postings with a design that works well on smartphones;
this design works well because those pages do not have ads--I can simply
hide the right-hand sidebar from small-screen users. Of course,
looking at 80-column fix-width text on a tiny smartphone screen is
never going to be the same as looking at it on a modern tablet or PC.