So, here I was content in the knowledge that my web pages were compatible with the two major Document Object Model (DOM) enabled browsers (Communicator 4 and Internet Explorer 4/5/6) since I had tested them extensively. However, off in the distance lay this new kid on the block called Netscape 6. I had downloaded some very early Alpha Test versions (then called Sea Monkey) but found those versions too unstable to be used for even routine browsing.
Recently I decided to give the latest version of Netscape another try (then, version 6.1) and found it much more stable, although still too sluggish for consideration as a default browser. I especially enjoyed their innovative Chrome Protocol that allows designers to develop their own browser skins (Mozilla.org refers to them as Themes.) As a matter of fact, it was this feature that made me decide to get a little more serious about testing my web pages on it. I always work under the philosophy that if I find something cool, others will, too.
After installing and configuring the browser (which went surprisingly smoothly), I was soon testing my web pages on it. All went well until I attempted to display the pages that used my modified Mouse Magic script. It was then I discovered that not only had Mozilla.org deprecated (Standards-speak for "no longer worky") the Netscape 4 document.layer style sheet reference, they also didnít support Internet Explorerís document.all style sheet reference. After much digging and even more deducing, I finally discovered that Netscape 6 now supports the getElementById style sheet reference method, as does Internet Explorer 5/6 as it turns out. After making the appropriate changes, the script then worked in Netscape 6. But, Iím getting a little ahead of myself.
While I did finally reach my objective, Iíll admit that there were moments when I had almost given up on my quest because of inexplicable complications in getting the script to work when everything seemed to be correct. The following sections will attempt to illuminate (author-speak for "explain") these problems along with providing the reader with useful workarounds to them.
YAMF - "Yet Another Mouse Follower"
All Is Not What It Seems
Netscape 6 Made Me Do It!
Testing - To Reload or To Restart?
Browser Sniffing - Parse or Presence?
Stopping Annoying Auto-Scroll in DOM2 Browsers
Netscape 6 is Pixel Picky
Inline Style Constraint on Internet Explorer 5
Must Use <LAYER> tag in Netscape 4 to perform DHTML
!DOCTYPE Compliance Mode
Take Care Not to Render in <HEAD> Section
Automatic Expansion of Relative URLs
The Elusive Netscape 4 Layer Elements
Temperamental onLoad After Reload
document.images[id].complete Property Dependency
Search Method Does Not Return Boolean Value
Regular Expression Global Flag Fails With Subsequent Usage
Roll Your Own
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