View Full Version : Netscape 9 Shows Nothing

05-21-2010, 08:50 PM
I'm working on building myself a nifty little website using HTML and CSS. Frankly, I don't think it's too fancy... but it seems to have a problem in Netscape.

I've finally got the site to work in all of my browsers... IE is fine, FireFox is fine, Chrome, Opera... all good. BUT, when I opened Netscape, all it would do is load the repeated background image (placed in the body tag). And if that wasn't strange enough... the page height (not specified in the body tag) is correct! When I compare the site between the browsers, Netscape needs to scroll down just as much as the other guys... except nothing is there!

I tried killing off the background image in the body tag, thinking perhaps the rest of everything is hiding behind the background... but in that case it just gave me a blank page... but still with scrolling.

Anyway... my code validates fine in Dreamweaver (except for some min-height stuff, but that's not a big issue)... so technically, I guess, it should work. But it doesn't!

Are there known issues when using CSS positioning in Netscape 9... or is this perhaps just a result of the program being buggy on my system? I've had a hard time finding Netscape bugs, being that it's a discontinued browser... but I want to be thorough.


(PS- I can post my code here if you think it will help... but my site isn't live yet, and a host hasn't been purchased... so I don't have any links to demonstrate the problem with yet.)

05-21-2010, 09:41 PM
Hey! I found out that I had one of those free "Bravehost" accounts.

So here's the site:


Obviously, Bravehost is messing up my background a bit... but the idea is there.

What am I doing wrong? It still shows nothing in Netscape.

05-22-2010, 04:40 AM
I thought the last users of Netscape had both died but I guess I'm wrong. One is still alive.

05-22-2010, 06:52 AM
I thought the last users of Netscape had both died but I guess I'm wrong. One is still alive.

Oh, I'm hoping they did! But since I've got it on my system still, I figured might as well check... only to find it doesn't work!

As you can probably tell from the site, I'm going to use to for job hunting... and the idea of someone stumbling up on it, while using Netscape, although probably a far-fetched fear... is still enough to make me want to fix it!

That, and knowing that my current office just upgraded some computers from IE 6... so apparently, not everybody lives in the same year that you and I do. ;)

05-26-2010, 05:56 AM

I decided to simply ignore the issue and move on. Of course, that little bit of OCD in the back of my mind simply wouldn't let me. So I played around and have solved the issue.

After doing some tests with the HTML, I found that it wasn't the source code itself, rather it was the CSS that was causing the problem. What was the first logical guess when wondering why the background is apparently on top of everything else? That's right, the "z-index"! I removed all the "z-index" information, and wouldn't you know it... there's the site.

So apparently Netscape 9 can't handle the "z-index" information... or at least, I wrote it in a way that it couldn't process. I'll do more research and see what the sites say, but as for now, we can consider this a case closed.