The CDAP, as its name states, helps in the final stage of assessing how websites may appear to others. It is set up to get reactions from volunteers on how they see your website. It is intended to either flag problems or to suggest a clean bill of health. It is not intended as a place for intense discusson and resolution of problems. These are more properly handled within some of the technical Forums. However it is not a black and white question and there will be shades of gray involved. We hope it will evolve as its users find helpful.
In the same way, resources to handle problems are more likely to be found in other Forums. Here we will only provide a few pointers to resources. The most important link is that to the Sticky topic in the CSS Forum entitled "CSS Resource Sites.
Those who prefer to read a book may find the following two useful:
Jeffrey Zeldman’s Designing With Web Standards (2nd edition) 2006
"The CSS Anthology: 101 Essential Tips, Tricks & Hacks" by Rachel Andrew.
This Cross-browser Device Assessment Panel is only one approach to ensuring that your audience will see what you're beaming out to them. Others offer tools for this type of assessment or are working on other approaches and we are delighted to showcase some of them here. If you know of others that are effective, please add them to this thread and they will be added to this starting post.
At least three paid services are available.
Cross Browser Testing
Cross Browser Testing
Browser compatibility tools check your web pages under different internet browsers.
iCapture - your site through the eyes of Apple's Safari browser.
ieCapture - the PC cousin of iCapture
Skyzyx.com - Multiple Versions of Internet Explorer
Opera has launched a free Mini Browser to simulate how web pages appear on a cell phone. There is also a Demo Simulator.
Generates screenshots of how websites appear at 800x600 and 1024x768 resolution in six commonly used web browsers.
evolt.org - Browser Archive
A world community for web developers, evolt.org promotes the mutual free exchange of ideas, skills and experiences.
Delorie online viewer enables you to view your site in a text browser.
This may give a quick appreciation of what may be visible in simple small-screen devices.
Edited by joedolson, 24 July 2008 - 10:08 AM.