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Cross Browser Testing Resources

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This post was originally published in 2007
The tips and techniques explained may be outdated.

Cross browser testing has always been an important factor in web design, more so now with the large variety of browsers available and especially the temperamental performances of older browsers in particular with the common use of XHTML and CSS coding in modern websites. Here is a selection of links to the popular browsers that are useful to have stored on your machine for website testing.

Internet Explorer 7

The latest of the IE range with an image overhaul to match the Vista theme, this version at least performs in an almost usual way.
Available for download from Microsoft

Internet Explorer 5

Internet Explorer 6, 5.5, 5.0, 4.0 & 3.0
As hated by the majority of website designers, the older versions of Internet Explorer just don't seem to want to cooperate most of the time! Many CSS hacks and work-arounds are available for the common problems people face.
Tredosoft has an extremely useful resource available for free download which allows the older versions of IE, all the way back to 3.0 to be installed as standalone applications.

Mozilla Firefox

Mozilla Firefox
A browser recommended to anyone who enjoys surfing the web, Firefox is my favoured browser. With a huge range of extensions, in particular the Web Developer's Toolkit, Firefox makes designing websites a whole lot easier. It is often said to design a site to work in Firefox, then tackle issues that arise with other browsers.

Opera

Opera
A less popular browser choice but still a useful addition to your testing arsenal is the freely available Opera.

Safari

Safari
Originally an Apple Mac only browser but it is now available for Windows, inclusive of the Macintosh style skin. A useful resource to see how many Apple users are seeing your site.

And the others…

Of course there are many more browsers to choose from, including Camino, Netscape and Konqueror. These browsers have a very small percentage of followers, however to cover every base it may be useful to include them in your cross browser checks.

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4 Comments

  1. waniee says:

    I usually use this http://browsershots.org/ but what it gets you is just a screenshot.

    it helps though coz it has like a whole buncha browsers and resolutions u can choose from!

  2. David says:

    The nightly build of webkit (safari) has a built in web inspector that is far superior to firefox’s. I haven’t tried it on windows though.

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