Browser Independency for Web Designs

Many people say things like “well, Netscape and Internet Explorer have some arbitrarily high percentage of the market between them, so why not design for them?” This doesn’t wash, for several reasons.

First, why are you so quick to write off 10% (or more) of your potential audience? The more tightly bound to one browser configuration your pages are, the more fragile they become. Eventually you wind up with a page that only works on Netscape 4.03 on Windows 95, with a maximized browser window on an 800x600x16 bit screen, with the default font settings, with Java and JavaScript enabled–and all portability is gone.

It may help to think of it as “browser environment independence”. Users can turn off image-loading (I do, for example), or change their font size, or shrink their window;
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