[thelist] Update on missing table cell background problem

Charles Johnson cfj at mac.com
Tue Jan 30 20:39:32 CST 2001

Some of you may have seen the discussion about the problem I'm having at:


where *some* people running Netscape 4.x under *some* versions of Windows
can't see the table cell backgrounds I've set up. It's no problem for
Netscape Mac, and no problem for some Windows users. The ones who see the
problem seem to be using either W2K or NT. I haven't been able to reproduce
the problem myself on Mac or PC, but I don't have easy access to a W2K or NT

Well, with Manuelita Beck's help, I discovered that if I make the background
image a JPEG rather than a GIF, Netscape displays it just fine! At first I
thought my long winter of netscape discontent was over...but...

The image has a lot of solid white, and alternating one-pixel stripes of 2
different web-safe blue colors. I'm sure you know what the JPEG format does
with an image like that. Gotta save it at 90% quality or better to get rid
of the artifacting, but no setting will stabilize the colors. The white
comes out as #FCFCFC with blotches of #FEFEFE. Not good. It really needs to
be a GIF. So I'm back to square one.

Has anyone ever heard of something like this? Or have you used GIFs as table
cell backgrounds in Netscape W2K and had it work? If so I'd love to hear
from you. I'd love to hear from anyone with a suggestion, no matter how
wacky. I've already tried lots of wacky stuff myself to fix it. Hell,
Netscape is a wacky browser. (I'm getting a little wacky myself.)

And a million thanks to everyone who's tried to help already...

Charles F. Johnson
Little Green Footballs Web Design

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