Checking your pages

Posted by Debbie Smith on Apr 12, 2010 in assignments, Design tips

OK so everyone is supposed to check their pages in different browsers and different versions of different browsers. Some browser manufacturers (namely Microsoft) will not allow you to run multiple versions of the browser on one operating system. The same manufacturer is notorious bad at implementing standards so what is a good designer to do?

Well ….install all the browsers you can on your system and check your pages in all of those browsers. But if you really want to know what could be wrong with your site, you need to check it in Internet Explorer 6. There are many people still using it and it never displays the way that you think it will.

Geotek has a renderer that will help you do this. The renderer will return screenshots of your pages so that you can see how it will display in different versions of Internet Exploder.


Don’t bother with the long description

Posted by Debbie Smith on Sep 29, 2009 in assignments, Design tips

The longdescript tag does not help make your pages more accessible for most people. I will not be grading 5.03 for this tag. Please do not use it. See the quote below:

”Those who are sighted realize that there is nothing to see about a longdesc attribute. As far as they are concerned, it isn’t there. The only people who can access the longdesc attribute easily are those using modern screen readers. Older screen readers did not support this attribute. Even among those who use the latest version of screen reader, there are many who are unfamiliar with the longdesc attribute (because it is used so infrequently), and do not know how to access it even though their screen reader supports it. “ from the WebAIM web SIte

I would much rather see you write a good alt tag that really describes the image.

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