[Techtalk] cross-platform, cross-browser testing

Emma Jane Hogbin emmajane at xtrinsic.com
Fri Feb 21 01:01:40 EST 2003

On Thu, Feb 20, 2003 at 08:06:55PM -0800, Rachel McConnell wrote:
> hm, but couldn't you put up a site you're working on at extrinsic?

Yeah, but that'd mean configuring THREE servers: laptop (debian), Xtrinsic 
(FreeBSD) and whatever the final resting place. I'm still going to keep 
it on the list
of options as I think it could actually end up being my cheapest option.
But right now it doesn't make me jump up and down with excitement. :/
If it were possible to fit IE5 + IE6 onto debian with an emulator (instead
of a virtual machine) I /think/ this would be my first pick...I'm just not
sure (although I think it's been confirmed today) that IE5 on debian with
an emulator will render XHTML+CSS EXACTLY the same as it renders on
Windows.../if/ you can get it working.

I was thinking VMWare was going to be my best bet (probably is), but the
reality is I have a tiny laptop harddrive and I don't really want to fill
it up with microsoft installations that I'm not even going to use. So then
I'd want to get an external harddrive and suddenly I may as well buy a new
computer for testing. ... I think I'm making my life harder than it needs
to be. Hopefully I'll get over it soon. ;)

Most of the sites I work on are pretty straight forward (and don't need
this service); the one I need to do extensive testing for is a more
complicated project. And I'm not sure I want to try setting it up on
Xtrinsic...(the primary developer is a debian geek and should be able to
help me getting it working on my laptop).

> http://www.extrinsic.com/clientDomainName/pagename.php 
> or whatever.  it would be YOUR subscription not your client's...  

Yeah, it's more the problem of server configuration (apache, database
etc). Xtrinsic isn't always the same as the ultimate resting place. And
although I have a wonderful relationship with my service provider, I can't
reload apache without him (I can change the config file on my own but he
double checks it and then restarts the server).

> if, for example, it takes hours to get the pix back it's not as
> useful...

OOoo good question. I definitely wouldn't be willing to wait more than 1-2
minutes (think W3C XHTML validation--that's ok).


Emma Jane Hogbin
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