As technology advances, the same advancement poses an interesting and disappointing challenges to web designers. The very common problem here is web browsers. Since web browsers upgrade now and again, what used to be a well-designed web site turns into a horror. Having experienced it myself, I know how frustrating and time-consuming it can be to fix websites. I also work in the information technology industry in which website issues occur everyday and the many customers who call in-yelling and all-can be nerve-wracking.
Web development is all about Hypertext Markup Language (HTML), Cascading Style Sheets (CSS, and Dynamic Hypertext Markup Language (DHTML). I am no Thomas Edison on the subject of Information Technology, but I sure do know basic troubleshooting for a flawed web design-flawed in the sense of functionality, not aesthetics. Anyone can design a very artistic graphic layout for the web page but if it does not work right, it almost useless.
Since web pages are written in codes called HTML, and these HTML codes are written by humans-typed in the keyboard-is what I mean, it is only a very normal occurrence that errors exist in web development.
You have to be very systematic, organized, and analytical when resolving issues on web design. The first thing you need to do for a web design that malfunctions is to check the HTML. Often times, a web page does not load the right way because there is an error in the HTML code.
So in short, you have to validate your HTML or CSS. Problems will normally occur if you use DHTML. These are codes that show action or movement on your web page. This can be a mouse over function, moving words, etcetera. Many web browsers fail to read DHTML as these may not be compliant with current standards. A good thing you can use is a CSS or HTML validator. This is something you can use to help you edit your HTML. Just like in Microsoft Word, there is a functionality for spelling check and grammar. HTML functions almost the same. What you simply have to do is type the uniform Resource Code (URL) of your website and the validator will show which areas or HTML codes you need to improve on.
You also have to realize that what works for a certain type of browser may not work for another. What seems to be perfect for Internet Explorer may not work for Netscape Navigator. This is because newer or older versions of web browsers do not support certain HTML formats. To resolve this, you have to re-write you HTML codes with an alternative supported by the browser where the problem occurs.
Everyone knows that it is virtually impossible for web development specialists to design a website with HTML that will look exactly the same in all browsers. In one of the articles that I have read, it was advised that you should start designing your HTML in Mozilla Firefox because it is compliant with international standards. After which, you may start tinkering with other browsers like Internet Explorer and Netscape Navigator.
Author: Jonathan Popoola