[sword-devel] Web Interface

Matthew Donadio sword-devel@crosswire.org
Sat, 22 Feb 2003 23:00:44 -0500

YTang0648 wrote:

What is this web interface really target to? what can we do to make this
one differ from the rest of Bible site which is already there if cannot
use those
W3C standards? I really don't believe it is possible to serve blind
people Bible without rewrite the UI. Will those text browser be able to
play mp3 file of
audio Bible? (I know sword do not have that, but it does not mean the
sword cannot link to a site which have one) 

And I reply:

I you want to appeal to the lowest common denominator, then you cannot
assume that browsers will support all of the specs properly.  Yes, it
would be great to be progressive and use all of the lastest standards. 
However, even the latest browsers and tools don't get the standards
totally right.

For example:

As far as I know, no browser fully implements CSS2 (Opera may...)

DreamWeaver, a very popular HTML editor amond professionals, spits out
depreciated HTML4 tags and attributes.

People still use old browsers like IE5, IE5.5, AOL ???, and Netscape

As far as frames go, I think they were the worst thing to happen to
HTML.  You can get far better results by creating "fake" frames with
PHP.  I have done this sucessfully for several of my clients.

Matthew Donadio (m.p.donadio@ieee.org)