[thelist] OS Limitations affecting browsers....

Anthony Baratta Tony at IdeaSystems.com
Wed Sep 13 14:36:31 CDT 2000


I've been debugging a table problem with Netscape and IE. It appears that 
Win9x can not handle tables with 550+ rows and minimal formatting and 
structure. Here's an example row: (formated for email)

<td align="center" bgcolor="#D2D2F0">&nbsp;</td>
<td  bgcolor="#FFFFFF" align="center">
<font face="Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif" size="2">
<SELECT NAME="files_status_32">
<OPTION  VALUE="a">No Exceptions
<OPTION  VALUE="c">Make Corrections Noted
<OPTION  VALUE="d">Amend and Resubmit
<OPTION  VALUE="p">Pending
<td  bgcolor="#FFFFFF" align="center">
<INPUT TYPE="text" NAME="files_approval_32" VALUE="VTK-0465" SIZE=10 
<td  bgcolor="#FFFFFF">
<font face="Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif" size="2">08/21/2000</font>
<td  bgcolor="#FFFFFF">
<font face="Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif" size="2">UD00138RB.pdf</font>
<td  bgcolor="#FFFFFF">
<font face="Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif" size="2">No Exceptions</font>
<td  bgcolor="#FFFFFF">
<font face="Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif" size="2">Acrobat PDF</font>
<td  bgcolor="#FFFFFF">
<font face="Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif" size="2">VTA </font>
<td bgcolor="#D2D2F0">&nbsp;</td>

As you can see its not "fancy". However, Win9x machines explode (Memory 
errors, GPFs, resource allocation errors et.al. really nasty) when one of 
our pages tries to show about 550 rows (the HTML file is about 400k). We 
have implemented "paging" so that no more than 50 rows show at a time, but 
we were building with "long" pages first to make sure everything was 
working correctly.

WinNT and Win2000 (MAC and UNIX) do not have any display problems with 
tables that large. sigh.

Again - you really shouldn't have tables this large trying to display - but 
it does show the huge memory limitations inherit with Win9x. Make me wonder 
how the damn thing runs at all.

Anthony Baratta
Keyboard Jockeys

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