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Netscape's new version of Navigator 3.0 adds some unexpected pixels to its window borders, forcing some content developers to redesign their entire site.

Netscape's new version of its Navigator 3.0 has added some unexpected pixels to its window borders, forcing some content developers to redesign their entire site.

Although there is no set standard, most sites are designed for a width of about 580 to 600 pixels. Netscape 3.0 changes both the width and the height of the page on most Macintosh machines.

Netscape officials have not yet returned phone calls, but are currently looking into the problem.

Almost all of Knight-Ridder's 24 online newspapers are built at 600 pixels wide and no longer fit on a Mac screen. In order to see the entire page you must scroll about 40 pixels to the right, according to Bill Skeet, chief designer at Knight-Ridder's new media center.

"Up until now there hasn't been a standard, but Netscape needs to make one because this is confusing," he said.

Skeet said his department will have to redesign every single page for every single newspaper if a standard isn't set. "I'm not going to do it until I found out something definitive from Netscape, but there will have to be some modifications."

The Daily News is also experiencing design problems and is trying to choose what browser to enhance their site for: Navigator or Microsoft Internet Explorer.

"We're seeing a lot more modification problems now, but it is becoming easier to program with Explorer developing a lot of their own code, but you can't guarantee that you're going to get that same effect or that same experience in Navigator," said Dyan Tufts-Conrad, Daily News online editor. "I haven't had a problem with text, but not all of the tags being recognized by Navigator are in Explorer. It's coming to a point where you have choose between an enhanced Explorer site or an enhanced Navigator site."