Dealing with older browsers

After working in the web development industry for the last 6 years or so, dealing with older browsers that lack decent support for CSS and Javascript is something I face and deal with on a near-daily basis. Why near-daily? Well, I do a lot of Server side development which tends to be browser agnostic.

Dealing with older browsers is a problem that MUST be solved, or handled, one way or the other. Some solutions are more involved than others and some solutions will not be accessible under certain situations. One option that I think gets ignored all too often, is the possibility that older browsers simply get a different experience, visually and behaviorally.

Web design

I’ve been working in and around the web development industry since early 2001.  I was a Computer Science student at Waikato University, in Hamilton, New Zealand.  One day, a friend of mine, who happened to be a freelance web developer and designer asked me if I wanted to do a small PHP job for him.  He was well versed in ASP and didn’t feel like learning a new language for what would probably be a one off PHP project and he knew I was already comfortable with C++, so the learning curver for me would be much lower.  He offered me $400 for my part in the project and being a student, I said “HELL YEAH!”  I haven’t looked back since.