[Phpwm] browserpool

Michael Sheldon mike at mikeasoft.com
Sat Mar 31 11:56:27 BST 2007

On Sat, 31 Mar 2007 01:40:17 +0100
"Phil Beynon" <phil at infolinkelectronics.co.uk> wrote:

> > On 30/03/07, Phil Beynon <phil at infolinkelectronics.co.uk> wrote:
> > > This looks like it could be extremely useful if it really does
> > what it says
> > > on the can;
> >
> > Seems to be a solution in search of a problem.
> >
> > Only two of the 15 browsers are not cross-platform. Though for
> > 350,00 Euro per year (for 40 hours per month), you could easily buy
> > a cheap old mac and install the others on some old box (you can
> > also dual boot Linux on the old Mac) and have change leftover.
> >
> > Having said that I am still a believer in designing for standards.
> > Of course heavy client side AJAX or ActiveX etc can be a different
> > story, but a website that complies with standards and works in IE
> > and Firefox (which both run to some extent on all three platforms
> > featured there) then you are probably safe enough.
> I didn't think you could install different versions of IE on the same
> machine though, so wouldn't you need as a minimum multiple partions
> for each O/S x each version of IE to achieve that? That would take a
> fair time to setup and configure!

 Personally I rely almost entirely on a GNU/Linux machine running IE 5,
5.5, 6 and 7 via IEs4Linux (www.tatanka.com.br/) and test with
Konqueror for Safari compatibility (webkit is based on KHTML with most
changes commited upstream).

 There can be occasional subtle rendering differences between IE under
WINE and IE running nativewly on Windows, so I do keep a Windows VM for
final checks, but for all main development I find IE under WINE
perfectly reasonable.

> Phil
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Michael Sheldon

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