Browser compatibility in the world of Web Design

28-March-2016

Before we begin with our topic we should have a clear image of some basic terminologies in your mind. Like, what is a browser? Browser is a computer program which works as a platform to access websites or blogs. Browser is a surface which is used to run web pages send or receive email, and download files, software updates etc .with the help of internet service. What is web browser compatibility? Browser compatibility, with respect to web design, refers to the look of website/webpage on different browsers. Web designers always keep browser compatibility in mind while designing the webpage because it radically differs on different browsers.

As per market share, the most commonly used web browsers are: Microsoft internet explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, Opera and Safari for MAC users. Netscape Navigator was previously used, however with the advancement in technology people don’t go for it anymore.

What are browser versions?

Every time a browser is updated, a new version number is assigned to it. The version number is private and is only used by the web developers to fix the bugs. A bug is a file which monitors the user behavior over the internet.

Cross-browser compatibility:

The ideal website is one which looks the same in all the web browsers with minimum variations in view, and this the goal which every web designer wants to achieve. The web browsers are re-programmed according to the need of different soft wares, with this approach the web page look varies too. The web developer must come up with a kind of strategy which makes the web page up-to-date and all the features must be available with less enhancement to all browsers.

As newer scripting languages are being launched, more creative web pages are being designed which makes the older browser versions less compatible for the websites. To solve this problem, make sure you are using the latest web server and you’re following the news of the technical world appropriately. For sure everyone loves to flow with the flow.

Apart from the different browser versions, the most important factor is your PC version. Either you are using windows, MAC, XP or Linux. The same browser will extract the pages though a little differently through these mediums. So before you hire a web developer, make sure he/she has enough skills to cope up with the maximum browsers compatibility. People don’t tend to pay attention towards this issue.

How to check cross-browser compatibility?

There are several different tools in the market which enables you to check the browser compatibility. Testing web designs on multiple browsers in an impossible task, you simple cannot do it! However the paid tools mentioned below are going to make it easier for you to test within no time.

Ghostlab: Ghostlab suggests coordinated testing for rolls, clicks, reloads and customize input across your connected servers/devices. Means you can test the entire desired web file. It also tells about the problems and provides solution too. It is available for windows and Mac OS X both in just $50.

CrossBrowserTesting: It provides a live testing environment. It provides access to 120+ different browsers and checks the compatibility. You can also check and change the browser specs, cache, settings, and update security details in just $30 per month.

Browsershots: It is a free, open source software which provides easy ways to check your browser compatibility. You just have to enter the URL, choose your browser setup and begin. You can make changes in screen size, colors, filter, java and etc. If you’re in a hurry you can bookmark your processing page and continue later.

Spoon: spoon.net is a browser sandbox for windows only which is used to test or install multiple versions of current, beta or legacy web browsers without any hustle. All you have to do is to log in, install a plugin, select the browser you want to test and launch straight away. Since Spoon.net runs the requests in remote "sandboxes," you can run multiple apps side by side without any hindrance. The cybernetic browsers behave just like the installed ones with support for standard browser gears like Java, ActiveX and popular plugins like CSS, Java debugging and etc.

Well these were just a few out of unlimited tools available for checking cross-browser compatibility. The web designers need to make sure they follow the latest technology in order to run their business effectively. However, the web browser compatibility topic will always be in the top search list.