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Okay … so I went on a little tirade the other day regarding a different article published on 24ways.org. (http://24ways.org/2009/ignorance-is-bliss) The main reason was because I was in the midst of the exact problem that was being described in the article without the “pleased” client.
But this article … YEA!
I think I want to add this snippet to every web proposal that I send out:
“Once the design is approved, you and the client have to decide if you can live with the design looking different in different browsers. Is it so bad if some users get to see drop shadows and some donâ€™t? Or if the rounded corners are missing for a portion of your audience? The design wonâ€™t be broken for IE people, theyâ€™re just missing out on a few visual treats that other users will see.
The idea of rewarding users who choose modern browsers is not a new concept; Dan covers it thoroughly in Handcrafted CSS, and itâ€™s been written about in the past by Aaron Gustafson and Andy Clarke on several occasions. I believe we shouldnâ€™t have to design for the lowest common denominator (cough, IE6 users, cough); instead we should create designs that are beautiful in modern browsers, but still degrade nicely for the other guy. However, some clients just arenâ€™t that progressive, and in that case you can always use background images for drop shadows and rounded corners, as you have in the past. “