Originally Posted By: Chris Morrell
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Here's a quick lesson for ya:
This is what your site looks like on the latest
Netscape versions of Netscape and Internet Explorer:
This is what your site looks like on the latest version of Opera:
The left picture is what your site looks like by W3 HTML 4.0 standards, which are what IE and Netscape 4.x are based on. To the right is what your site looks like by W3 HTML 3.2 standards, which are what IE and Netscape 3.x are based on:
Now granted, no site is going to look perfect in all browsers, and I have to say that the current NACHI.org is designed specifically for the latest versions of IE and NS (although a function will soon be built in to determine the browser and display the content accordingly).
That said, lets move on to size.
You index page is 7.89K, which means it'll load in about 5ish seconds, not including the images. I was able to cut your page size in half by removing unessesary code that frontpage adds. That's no big deal here, but consider this: Nick wanted to use frontpage to format our standards of practice for the web. It would have been approx. 70k, which translates into about 28 seconds of load time. The html for our standards of practice is only 28.7k, or 11 seconds (all these numbers are based on 28.8 modem... granted most people have faster connections, but I'm only connected at 38k right now).
Anyway, I don't know if I proved anything, but there's a lesson in some of the things you have to take into consideration when designing a site. Joe's site is simple enough, that with the exception of IE and NS 3.x (which barely anyone uses anymore), it looks fine. If you plan on having large amounts of content, you start to notice the difference in size, and when you make more complicated sites, you start to notice that they only look good on IE.
I think I'm going to shut up now
Hope this was somewhat helpful.
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