Older browsers have proprietary rendering engines with idiosyncrasies that may cause a difference in the appearance of a page when compared with other browsers.
evergreen browsers (Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer 11, Edge, etc.) are continually updated and are standards-compliant with insignificant cross-browser differences.
If a current browser is being used, the remaining information in this article will be a historical review, except for Chrome.
Notes and options for Google Chrome/Opera, Firefox/SeaMonkey, and Edge/Internet Explorer follow.
Google Chrome & Opera: Opera is now using the Chrome rendering engine so our references here to Chrome include Opera (or is Chrome using the super-fast Opera engine?). Chrome responds correctly to standard styles with some exceptions. Occasionally a page may open with unexpected scrollbars - reloading (F5) usually fixes it. Chrome and Opera do not open some links ( like A Narrow Point of View in the Cockscomb article) and does its own thing with some styles (like the text over images in Rainbow Bridge). Chrome has discontinued support for some older but widely accepted objects (that may be what causes some of our pdfs to fail in Chrome). All of these things work correctly in Firefox and Internet Explorer.
Firefox 22+ & SeaMonkey: Firefox and SeaMonkey changed their scaling algorithm for higher resolutions with Firefox 22. This can be problematic in certain instances - like on my old laptop with a medium-high resolution - web pages were huge, spilling off the screen with horizontal and vertical scrollbars. The solution is in the sidebar.
Changing -1.0 to 1.0 returned Firefox on my laptop to the way it displayed pages before v23.0.1 changed it. An alternate solution is to hold Ctrl and press minus a couple of times to get the desired window size, but that only works on the active window - it would get tiresome doing that every time a new window opens - photo windows in particular (I have noticed recently that it does carry forward in some browsers - it need be done only once). I should note that the default works perfectly on my new high-resolution monitor and laptop without the modification - Firefox did a good thing for high-resolution displays.
Also note that the Adobe Reader X plugin for Firefox may or may not work properly in recent versions of Adobe Reader, opening an error bar at the top of the document when it fails to open a pdf correctly.
Somtimes it still works ok, other times some functions of Reader do not work correctly, or work not at all.
If Reader opens an error-bar, select the
open with different viewer option, select the Open with Adobe Reader (default) option, and the document should open correctly in a new window with the desktop version of Reader.
Edge & Internet Explorer (IE):
Recent testing indicates that Edge on Windows 10 is now playing friendly with existing code.
If you are using an older version of Internet Explorer, Microsoft may be inviting you to upgrade your browser (
It's time to update your browser).
We recommend updating your browser to the latest supported version - IE 11 for Windows 8.1 & Windows 7 64-bit SP1 (with the be wary notice above), IE 10 for Windows 8.0 and Windows 7 32-bit SP1, IE 9 for Windows 7 (no SP) and Vista SP2, and IE8 on Windows XP SP2+.
We have noticed a problem with IE 11 if the window resolution is changed - it might be extremely large or small after the change (similar to Firefox as noted above).
The solution is to close IE, return to the previous resolution, open IE and resize it with Ctrl-/+ (that's hold Ctrl and press - or +), then change the resolution back to the desired resolution, and IE should open resized.
There remains a huge user base using Windows XP, so we will retain support for IE 7 & 8 with this version.
Internet Explorer may do some weird things while an auto-show or photo gallery is loading if the photos have not yet loaded into cache, but they will look like they are supposed to and work correctly when it has finished loading. Some auto-shows close with a panoramic photo. Internet Explorer opens a popup at the bottom of the window with options: allow once, allows always for Scenic Color Country. Selecting Allow once restarts the auto-show, and the panorama opens as expected; this process will repeat with each auto-show that has a panorama photo to display. Selecting Allow always restarts the auto-show and the panorama opens as expected; subsequent auto-show panoramas open wwithout the restart.
Internet Explorer sometimes kicks us into compatibilty view or quirks mode which can blow our look and feel off the planet, skipping all the newer stuff (rounded corners on the bottom of our pages and on highlight notes is the easy way to tell with IE9/10/11, our pages just look weird in earlier versions).
To fix this, click the blue icon in the address bar, turning it to gray.
If the icon is not present, for IE10 or IE11, press F12 and change browser mode to IE10 or IE11, whichever version is installed, and/or document mode to
To clear compatibility view in earlier IE versions, if the menu bar is not present, press Alt to open it, select Tools => Compatibility View Settings =>, click the site you are on (colorcountrycomputing.com or sceniccolorcountry.com or .net) in the 2nd box, click Remove, then Close, and our site then should appear with the latest and greatest technology (html5 and css3).
Some earlier versions of Internet Explorer do not open tabs by default, opening a new window with each selection, filling the desktop with open windows, sometimes with wierd results. To enable tabs by default, go to Internet options: select Tools => Internet Options => Tabs - Settings; select Enable tabbed Browsing, select Open links from other programs in: A new tab in the current window. An additional step is helpful for IE8: When a pop-up is encountered: select Let Internet Explorer decide. This may not be available in later IE8 versions.