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belt-and-suspenders, belt-and-braces

‘Belt-and-suspenders’ describes an approach to web design where provision has been made for more than one method of achieving a satisfactory outcome. If one method fails (belt) then decorum is maintained by another (suspenders).

This phrase is commonly used in reference to issues of cross-browser compatibility. A feature supported by one browser may not be supported by another. For example: if a webpage uses frames, providing no-frames content that links to a sitemap (not reliant on frames) will ensure those using older browsers are still able to navigate the website.

Related terms: degrade gracefully, web standards


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