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Does your website have WebTV problems?

Here at Promotion Web Design, we are familiar with the importance of designing your website to be compatible with various browsers.  For instance, if you aren't careful you might create a website that looks wonderful in Microsoft's Internet Explorer, but breaks down when viewed in Mozilla's Firefox browser.  Now it appears there is another one out there to be aware of: WebTV.  And this one may be a little more...interesting...to design for.

One of our clients contacted us after she received an e-mail stating that her site was not appearing correctly in WebTV.  Here is how the site looks when viewed in Internet Explorer:

 Internet Explorer view of Life Is Worth Living

Now here is how it looks when viewed on a WebTV viewer (a freeware downloadable viewer that theoretically gives you the same view a WebTV user would experience on their television).

WebTV view of Life is Worth Living 

I tried looking at some other sites using the viewer, such as CNN and Foxnews.com.  They looked so bad as to be unsurfable.  

In fact, the only site that looked just fine in the WebTV viewer was webtv.com.  Imagine that!

You can see what your website looks like in the WebTV browser by downloading the free viewer for yourself.  The URL is http://www.freewareweb.com/cgi-bin/archive.cgi?ID=481 .  Or just Google webtv viewer.

I'm not sure we're going to rush to redesign all our sites to be WebTV friendly.  No one else is, apparently... maybe it is going to be up to the people behind WebTV to get it working more like a conventional browser a la your PC or Mac.  Still, it's something to keep in mind.  For now, there are a few things you can do to be more WebTV friendly, according to About.com.

It's worth looking into and keeping in mind for future web designs. 


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