Switching to Firefox

I made the switch today from Internet Explorer to Mozilla Firefox as my primary web browser. It took a bit too long to convert over my bookmarks, but I'm glad I made the switch.

Actually, my using a Mozilla is nothing new.

When I first signed onto my own Internet account, I used a GNN browser. I recall that service being bought out by AOL within weeks, so when I switched my ISP to EarthLink I switched to Netscape as my browser (and e-mail program) maker of choice. Over time, partly due to workplace preferences, I switched over to Microsoft Internet Explorer as my primary browser. However, having been a web designer for a long time, I tend to use more than one browser to view web pages, and sometimes more than one version of a particular broswer type.

Anyway, part of the reason why my switch took too long is because I have been enjoying Stilesoft NetCaptor's tabbed Internet Explorer-based capabilities for a couple of years, and it took a bit of effort to copy out those tab sets and convert them to Firefox-ready versions. But, it's all done and I'm happy I made the effort.

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Amy commented at 10:35 AM on December 24, 2004:


Firefox is gaining so much popularity, and my site loooks like crap on it. I've been so dreading the job of figuring out how to get my site to look right in Mozilla browsers, and I'm not going to be able to put it off much longer.

Maybe it's just time for a redesign all around...

Nobody commented at 7:16 PM on December 27, 2004:

If you stick with CSS controlling the layout, I have a quicky tip for you: Don't use padding (on the left and right) in your boxes, use margins in whatever interior element instead. I've seen that Explorer and Mozilla handle padding differently--one "pushes in" inclusively, and the other bloats the box outward.

For example, imagine that I have a box with comments inside, and I want there to be a 10 pixel buffer between the box border and the comment paragraphs. I do not use padding on the box, but I do put a 10 pixel margin on the left and right of the comment paragraphs. (I might also put a 10 pixel *padding* on the top of the box with a 10 pixel margin on the bottom of each comment paragraph--that sort of tweaking is up to your personal taste).

Joey commented at 5:40 PM on January 19, 2005:

you should read this

Keith commented at 9:49 PM on January 19, 2005:

Thanks for the tip, Joey. Explorer does something similar. Over the past few months, I forwarded several bogus e-mails that used the technique which the article mentioned to the reputable online companies they were pretending to be. I feel comfortable that I'm not clicking on any dangerous links.

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