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Browser Standards

We have rebuilt the site to comply with Web standards set forth by the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C). The site now relies entirely on Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) for all page layout and design details. The markup language we use to describe the content of these pages now adheres to strict Extensible Hypertext Markup Language (XHTML) rules, ensuring BHS will be compatible with past and present Web browsers, as well as future browsing applications.


XHTML and CSS exist as W3C standards to bring consistency, predictability, and accessibility to both Web browsers and the content produced for viewing in those browsers. Competition between Netscape and Microsoft during the late 1990s forced the browser companies to jump ahead of Web standards claiming unique support for their own features. Web developers had to code separate versions of pages that could work in specific browsers, or even worse, restrict the functionality of their site to only one browser. This required a huge amount of extra engineering and development time, and continues to fill pages on the Web with code optimized for one browser or another.

Protecting Older Browsers

Older browsers weren't built to support CSS, and only recent versions of the major browsers support CSS adequately enough to avoid unpredictable layout problems. To get around this challenge, CSS can be effectively hidden from browsers incapable of displaying the content properly. The shiny details of the new Wired News design are only visible in newer standards-compliant browsers.

Our content, in its entirety, can still be accessed from every available commercial browser -- even the first versions of Netscape or IE. Our statistics show that as many as 86 percent of our regular audience use supported browsers. Those who continue to use older browsers will see a much simpler Wired News -- one that offers the full content in a stripped-down design.

What can I do?

Your choice of software may be out of your hands. However, if you do have control over what software you are using you should consider upgrading your browser. Doing so will improve your web experience, enabling you to use and view sites as their creators intended.

The following browsers support numerous web standards including CSS, XHTML, and the DOM (a universal means of controlling the behavior of web pages):

Please note that this page does not pretend to be an exhaustive list of browsers that support web standards, nor a test of browser compliance, nor a side-by-side comparison of various manufacturers' browsers.

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