I believe I have located the problem that is preventing WebTV from
displaying the welcome page to the MMD Archives. Once the theory has
been tested, Jody or I will post a confirmation here.
It appears that the welcome page has a valid HTML tag in an invalid
place. I don't know why I put it there, but I did. Apparently Netscape
and Internet Explorer ignore that tag and I suspect that WebTV attempts
to process it, resulting in a bad display.
P.S. ATTN Jody or Robbie, you may want to run this with a comment from
Jody after he has time to change it and get feedback from David.
I just wanted to write up something before everyone starts blaming
WebTV and it isn't really their problem.
[ Editor's Note:
[ I made the change to the "Archives" page and hope to get additional
[ feedback from our WebTV readers. WebTV subscribers -- please
[ check out:
[ and let us know if you only get a blank blue screen or if you
[ get something "useful" (access to the Archives).
[ P.S. I think that WebTV is something to keep an eye on. The
[ current incarnation is certainly limited, but its simple enough
[ to install that someone who is completely computer illiterate
[ could do it. Further, consider that future versions of this
[ product may seamlessly integrate traditional TCP/IP delivered
[ material with high-bandwidth (i.e. real-time video) delivered
[ via cable or DBS satellite. High-definition TV is also coming
[ soon. This will greatly improve the image resolution problem.
[ In the meantime, WebTV has made a developer's Web site available
[ to aid vendors who want to improve their Web site's appearance
[ on WebTV. Since only 2% of our subscribers are WebTV customers,
[ we won't revamp every page. However, many of the style suggestions
[ they make help at 640x480 too, so I'm open to feedback.