Oh hey! I kept a promise!
I will talk about Firefox some.
So yesterday I promised I would write some about Firefox. I'll still do that, to an extent, but this is mostly a blog post about web design in general.

The web is hard to design for, because it was designed to be display-agnostic. My webpage, even in its current form, is mostly display-agnostic. Here it is in Lynx, for instance:

Site in Lynx
Lynx, like the cat. OR THE INTERWEB.

It does not completely degrade gracefully. It does not display well in Internet Explorer before 6 or so, though to be honest if you are running Internet Explorer before 6 or so you probably can't see anything through a haze of malware as I imagine the browser to be quite vulnerable these days.

Anyway, in typesetting--in my job I've put together booklets and presentations and stuff--you want/need to have complete control over the display. This is where PDF and similar formats come from. In theory, on the web this is less important--again, you want anyone to be able to view your page. The current theme, for instance, has a certain limited width--the text display area is only 850-odd pixels wide, but the margins don't scale it down well and on browsers with less space available the display may go off the screen. This is because it is impossible, or functionally impossible, to get the whole webpage to scale in the way I want it to.

I'm trying to develop a position statement on that. I don't like my old themes, because they look very, very dated. I am not exactly a graphic designer, but I do want my webpage to reflect both a limited competency in that and a competency in web design itself. At the same time, of course, I also believe that the page should be accessible (hence the additional styles) and simple (which it remains). This is why I have not redone it in Flash.

I think I'm likely to develop another theme--the nice thing about the modularity of the webpage's code is that it's fairly easy to just shove stuff around in CSS. Thus far I'm also avoiding the temptation to use scripting. I don't really know the next way I want to put this all together. I like this current style a great deal, it just suffers from some accessibility issues. Alas.

Also this gets us to Firefox: fuck Firefox. If I were to switch to hyperbolic mode... here, hold on, putting on hyperbole hat... there we go. Now that I have switched, I would say Firefox has no reason to exist at all. It's not fast like Chrome, it doesn't have the installed userbase advantage like Internet Explorer, and it's not standards-compliant like Opera. If this were a racing game, it would be the browser that is perfectly average in all categories but a stand-out in none.

I think I know why people use Firefox, though. It's a decent enough alternative browser, it's easy to find, and it has a metric fuck-ton of extensions. That is certainly useful. I just don't like having to essentially write my webpage twice over--once for Firefox and once for everyone else. But it's popular enough that I have to deal with it.

Such is life!

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