Mobile Web Site Technology to Revive Old Browers

Ian S. King isking at
Wed Mar 2 15:30:28 CST 2016

On Wed, Mar 2, 2016 at 12:39 PM, william degnan <billdegnan at>

> I noticed today that web sites that are screen width responsive and device
> independent are also "responsive" to really old browsers like Netscape 2.0
> running on a Windows 3.11 box.  The whole push to make web sites mobile
> friendly has had the unintended consequence of making Windows 3.11 web
> browsing a little more practical than before.  The only issue I found is
> with javascript, one has best results if turned off entirely.  Sites load
> pretty quick as a lot of the overhead if not transmitted by the server,
> perceiving the download is to a mobile or limited device.
> If you get the chance and run an older browser on an older OS my site is a
> pretty good example of a modern site design that works in Windows 3.11 /
> Netscape or Alpha / Mosaic etc.
> Bill
The only problem is that some sites are pretty much useless without
Javascript enabled.  Unless it's static content, there's usually some sort
of dynamic behavior, even in rendering.

Ian S. King, MSIS, MSCS, Ph.D. Candidate
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