So there have been many, many browsers over the years, but for those people unsure, I will start with what a browser actually is. This is not as stupid as you might think – have a look at this video.
But a lot has changed since then – even though that was not very long ago. As they don’t actually explain in the video, a browser is a program installed on your computer that allows you to view the web – it is not a search engine, it is not a website, it is a program. There are several main browsers out there, some that come with your computer and some that don’t (all versions newest) :
- Microsoft Internet Explorer 9
- Mozilla Firefox 6
- Google Chrome 16
- Opeara 12
- Safari 5
- Numerous mobile browsers
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And makes it look like this:
Different “render engines” make pages look different if they use some code that has not been covered by that “render engine”. There is a handy tool called BrowserLab, that allows you to see what your website will look like on different browsers without having to have them all installed on your computer. For instance, here is my URL shortener, DropURL as viewed in Internet Explorer 6 vs Chrome 13:
And I haven’t even touched on Mobile Browsers, which in themselves deserve a whole other post, but I can’t be bothered to do that, so here is a mini version:
People have been trying to optimize their websites for mobile device browsers a lot recently. In the past,
I think I have sufficiently covered this topic. If you feel not, feel free to comment below.
Alex, signing off.