Costa Rica, Netscape Explanation
I had mixed feelings about making a Netscape-only site. Netscape
has the following deficiencies:
I saw the following advantages:
- Dog slow on Macintosh, even with native PowerMac version on
- Bugs in JPEG decompression that sometimes make large JPEGs
unviewable (version 1.1). [If you are using Netscape 1.0, you'll find
that the program crashes with some of my larger pages.]
If you don't have Netscape, consider downloading it
now. After all, it is mostly free.
- more and more of my readers are dialing in over 14.4 or 28.8
modems; in-line JPEGs are 30% to 50% of the size of in-line GIFs and
therefore transmission time can be greatly reduced.
- HTML 2.0 is a horribly impoverished language that breaks an
author's heart every time. Netscape's extensions are a little like
putting a Band-Aid on a machine gun wound, but they are better than
nothing. I've written more on the subject.
- Netscape sets the de facto standards right now. Eventually all
the other browsers will be forced to interpret the Netscape
extensions, as indeed most have.