Styling sites for different browsers have always been a headache for front end developers. Sometimes, the implementation has its own prefixes, sometimes the model doesn’t work at all.
Browser specific stylesheets
So developers came up with the idea of browser specific stylesheets. For each different browser, you redefine a few style declarations to make the layout and styling work.
But having multiple stylesheets is far from optimal. You take more effort to organize your files, some browsers have quirks that needs some fixing, and all sorts of weird problem pops up. And that adds up to a lot of time wasted.
One more elegant solution will be to borrow the idea of browser prefixing. Instead of having multiple stylesheets, you now have one stylesheet with all the fixes that you can apply.
Even better, using this method allows you to extract other details like browser versions and operating systems. This way, you can target differrent content at different platforms and still have a static one-page website.
How it works
This is a script from Rafael Lima. The basic idea is to extract information from the userAgent string and apply the appropriate classes to the document element.
And when defining the style declarations, you just have to use the appropriate classes to fix the different cross browser errors.
This way of frontend development focuses on limiting server side interaction. Sending all the information to the client and let all the decision to be done over the client side.
All methods have their pros and cons. This method will be suitable for simple sites that require simple static content. If you are working on a site with dynamic content, handling the browser fixes server-side could be an appropriate choice, since its just a simple extension and can help reduce page load time.
If there is any questions or queries, leave a comment or drop me an email.