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The most important principle when coding for cross-platform compatibility is to adhere to the existing standards and code your pages in strict html, or xhtml, via the DOCTYPE tag.  If you only code for and test with IE, then chances are that your HTML, CSS and JavaScript code will not be compatible with other browsers.  All browsers, but especially IE contain a lot of hacks, aimed at supporting older pages and code that does not adhere to standards.  The problem is that each browser's implementation is slightly different, so you can't rely on this behavior.  If you stick to the HTML Strict DTD, then you have a much better chance of being compatible with all current and future browsers.
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Sent by Joe Goldsmiith on 12/18/2007 06:38:12 PM:
OK, I've got a mean problem. My site was tested with IE and Firefox and all seemed to work well. All of a sudden Mozilla-based browsers and MAC Safari browsers do not work right on my site ( Here is what I found:

Horizontal and vertical spacing does not work right

When a customer increments a quantity in the cart the numbers that used to go up and down properly now skip odd numbers

Customers who wish to become members can't submit the form.

There are probably other issues not yet noticed. Can someone help me understand how to code for other than IE browsers please?