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[resolved] CSS and Cross-Browser Compatibilty Checks (10 posts)

  1. Altstatten
    Member
    Posted 7 years ago #

    Can anyone recommend a good piece of free software that will check a css file for cross-browser compatibility?

  2. rudolf45
    Member
    Posted 7 years ago #

    Never heard of anything like that. It is mainly trial and error - install as many browsers as you can, check your design on different OS platforms.

  3. Altstatten
    Member
    Posted 7 years ago #

    It exists. Been alluded to elsewhere in the forum but I don't have a name for it.

  4. t0v3
    Member
    Posted 7 years ago #

    http://jigsaw.w3.org/css-validator/

    Validate it with that and it will work in all browsers

  5. Altstatten
    Member
    Posted 7 years ago #

    Thank you. And they said it couldn't be done! :)

  6. pizdin_dim
    Member
    Posted 7 years ago #

    "And they said it couldn't be done"

    Not quite. You asked for a free tool to check "for cross-browser compatibility", which the w3 validator doesn't do. It just checks for valid CSS, that's it. There's a pretty big difference between the two.

    Rudolf's right, you'll have to test manually all the versions you're willing to support.

  7. t0v3
    Member
    Posted 7 years ago #

    Exactly, it checks for valid css. You obviously miss the whole point of validating. The point is; if it's valid, it conforms to a standard, and that standard is there so sites work across all platforms. So yes, in a way it does check for cross-browser compatibility.

  8. rudolf45
    Member
    Posted 7 years ago #

    @tov3,
    BS... you can have a perfectly valid site with perfect CSS and still not displaying as you wanted in all browsers. (Although, have to admit, the chances are better when having a valid code.)

  9. pizdin_dim
    Member
    Posted 7 years ago #

    "You obviously miss the whole point of validating."

    Who are you talking to?

  10. jrawle
    Member
    Posted 7 years ago #

    if it's valid, it conforms to a standard, and that standard is there so sites work across all platforms

    Well, it works across all platforms that conform to the standard. Unfortunately, very many people use Internet Explorer 6 (and to a lesser extent 7) which definitely don't fall into that category.

    Anyway, there are some ambiguities in the standard, and each browser has its own interpretation. A well-written page will be readable in any browser, but if you want your fancy design to line up correctly to the pixel, you need to test it.

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