Why You Might Want To Switch Browsers

The Chiro.Org Blog

SOURCE:   A Chiro.Org Editorial

When I first started working on the Chiro.Org website, I didn’t know anything about HTML (aka hyper text markup language), which is the code that generates every web page.

My friends @ the ORG encouraged me to adopt software programs (code generators) that would take my text and magically turn it into HTML.   What I learned rapidly was that those programs created more problems than solutions, mainly because they made tables look terrible.   Tables are the most difficult thing to format (all those columns and rows).

Because much of the serious materials I wanted to render for our site contained tables, I decided to learn HTML code, so that I would have absolute control over HOW it looked.

The leading browser at that time (1996) was Internet Explorer 5, and up until their most recent versions (IE 10 and 11) IE was awesome at displaying tables.   You had total control over border colors, border widths and other subtleties that made the work look unique AND interesting.

Below you will find 3 examples of my favorite section, the LINKS, represented by the 3 most-used browsers…IE11, FireFox and Google Chrome.

I will list the Chrome example first, since it is the only browser that still renders tables the way I actually designed them to look.

So, here we go. Check out the 3 examples, displayed below:



The LINKS on IE 11

As you can see, the worst offender is Internet Explorer, closely followed by Fire Fox. Their border display is fat and ugly.

Whereas the Chrome version maintains the subtlety of the design of the table-top, by gently drawing the tan color from the outer border of the page directly into the table, maintaining an overall soft look that accentuates the textured background of each cell (or mini-box) and draws your eye gently to the 3 central graphics (Search, the LINKS logo, and the American Flag), rather than to the UGLY borders.

So, although I am NOT a fan of Google, and how they have super-commercialized the search engine business, I have to tip my hat to them for providing the only browser that still follows the conventions of table display, so that web designers can use their skills to the fullest, for maximum beauty and expression. I rest my case. The rest is up to you.