Web design - digital media

Cross browser support for website designers

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Cross browser support – What DOES it mean and what SHOULD it mean?

What are the popular browsers?

As you would expect Internet Explorer is far far the most popular browser. This is hardly suprising as most PCs are supplied with Internet Explorer ready installed on them. To use another browser, a user usually needs to download it onto their machine.

However, Firefox is rapidly becoming more and more popular, in fact over 20% of people on the internet use Firefox. Have a look at the figures*

  • 67.55% – Microsoft Internet Explorer
  • 21.53% – FireFox
  • 8.29% – Safari
  • 1.12% – Google Chrome
  • 0.70%  – Opera
  • 0.57% – Netscape
  • 0.22% – Other
Each Browser has a new Version number each time it is updated. Most people use Internet Exploer Version 6 or 7. Anything before this really needs updating. They have just released Version 8, though this will take time to have a significant number of users.

Our website designers test each website on the following browsers to ensure that they workfor the widest possible audience.

  • Internet Explorer 8.0, 7.0, 6.0.
  • Firefox 3.0 . 2.0
  • Safari 3.2, 3.1.
These are the most commonly used Browsers. As the various browsers work differently, a website may look slightly different from one browser to another, but it is our job to ensure they function the same and look just as good.

If a client requires support for other browsers we will discuss this before the start of the project.

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