UKJester's "Can You See It?" Rant
If you want to get the best out of this site you should check a few things.
These simple tips will improve all your Internet experiences, not just visits to this site.
Whats all the fuss about Cookies?
To use certain features of most websites site, your browser must accept cookies.
Some of the sites features need to 'remember' things, like accessing a members only page needs to remember a username.
The information to be remembered is stored in a small text file called a 'cookie'. Some people assume cookies are a bad thing because the information is stored on your computer, and can be read by any website (to collect information about you). Remember though, the only personal information that can be stored is information you type into your computer.
THIS SITE DOES NOT STORE ANY PERSONAL DATA IN COOKIES.
Don't they all do the same thing?
Well, thats a 'yes and no' answer. They are supposed to do the same thing but they all work slightly differently so the web page you view will look different in each of them.
There are many different internet browsers available today. The job of an internet browser is to take the information on a web page, and display it to you (the viewer) the way I (the author) designed it to be displayed.
This was all working well until the 2 main browser companies, Microsoft with Internet Explorer, and Netscape Navigator (which evolved into Mozilla, then Firefox) started competing with each other. Each one started adding "tags" that gave web authors added control over the presentation of their pages. The problem with this, is that if I write a page that uses Internet Explorer "tags", sometimes they don't work in Firefox browsers and the slick style I have worked so hard on looks great in one browser, but all wonky in another.
The browsers are slowly working towards a common set of standards, and this will eliminate the current problem of different browsers displaying content in different ways. Until then, some websites will look better in Internet Explorer, some sites (more and more) will look better in Firefox, and some sites will look good in both. I am trying to make my site viewable in both, but it may look best in Firefox as this is (in my opinion) a better browser.
(Tech note. I mention Firefox above but any browser that uses the latest Gecko rendering engine will also display my site the best.)
Should You Update Your Browser?
In Feb 2014, Mozilla Firefox was being used by around 26.4% (and falling) of Internet users, with all of the Internet Explorer versions (grouped together) only attracting about 9.8% (and dropping). Google Chrome is the newest browser to the race but it has the Lions share with 56.4% of Internet users.
Over 80% of internet users were running some form of Windows and 99% using a display resolution of 1024 x 768 or higher.
If you are not using the latest version of your current Internet browser, you should update it, free of charge. I would also strongly suggest you try out Firefox or Chrome instead of Internet Explorer as they are better browsers (and you will also get the best look from my site).
If you are still using Internet Explorer 6 (shame on you) you should know that Microsoft, the maker of IE6, no longer supports this product that was released way back in 2001!
For up-to-date statistics, visit the w3schools site.
IE has always had a lot of shortcomings with regard to standards compliance, although the latest versions always claim to be fully compliant. I strongly suggest you ditch Internet Explorer and try one of the other browsers.
Firefox is one of a family of browsers that use the Gecko rendering engine. Being slightly more standards compliant, I personally think Firefox is one of the best browsers at the moment, but it does still have some problems.
The main difference between Chrome and any other browser is that it's new. It is not an old browser that has been updated to cope with new internet technologies. It has been built from scratch and is able to run all the applications, plug-in's and add-on's that are now tools we use daily via our Internet browsers. It should be faster, smoother and better than the other browsers.