In an XHTML/HTML book that I bought, the author recommended both Opera and Amaya over other browsers for their rapid adoptation of cutting edge web standards.
I like Opera but when I tried Amaya 8.2+, almost every site that I go to is not rendered the way the author intends. Even csscreator.com doesn't work with it. In fact, the only site that I have seen (with my very brief testing) that looks good in it is w3.org.
Since it was created by W3 (I think thats right) and their site displays correctly in it, does that mean my own site (which validates as both valid XHTML 1.1 and valid CSS) is somehow not right since it doesn't show properly in such a "standards compliant" browser?
If Amaya really does render things properly then it looks like the majority of web designers aren't coding properly to me. What am I missing here? I'm wondering if the book I bought was a little off in its recomendation or if I could possibly have Amaya configured wrong somehow. Any thoughts?
We code for what is available. If Amaya suddenely became used by everyone, then we'd all crap ourselves and frantically redesign our sites. But that was the first time I've even heard of the browser!
IE is by no means perfect, but it's the most widely used browser. So sites must work in this. A perfect, CSS-standards-compiant layout might not look great here, 'cos IE does some things differently. Then you need it to work in other browsers too, and look 'similar'... it's a tough task, and little hacks are gonna be used.
I'm downloading Amaya now to find out what things look like in that...
I doubt that the browser is standards compliant!
Look at my blog : http://personal.djomp.co.uk (do both IE/Opera/whatever and Amaya)
IE shows the main text as one big box. Which it is. A single DIV - with divs inside.
Now look at how Amaya rips the 'main' DIV apart. I haven't read in full the CSS standards, but I'm fairly sure that it wouldn't do that.
So don't worry, Amaya's just... strange...
Thanks for the imput. I thought maybe I was just doing something dumb but if it reacts the same way with you then I'll throw Amaya out of my list of browsers to check sites with.