Browser is a software application for gettig access to different content on the Internet (World Wide Web). Modern browsers are potent of bringing web pages, images, videos and content of other types to the user.
The first web browser, named WorldWideWeb, was launched already in 1990. Later on, it was renamed into Nexus for disambiguation purposes. The first browser to have a graphic user interface (GUI) was Mosaic, which was a breakthrough back in 1993. Browsers have evolved a lot since then: some of them became prominent, some fall into oblivion.
StatCounter reports that the most popular modern browser is Google Chrome, with 62% market share. The runner up is Mozilla Firefox with 14.81% market share. Other popular browsers include Internet Explorer, Safari and Microsoft Edge.
The common set of browser interface elements include buttons, such as home, back, forward, and refresh, as well as other elements, such as address/search bar, viewport, and the status bar that displays loading progress.
Modern web browsers offer rich user interfaces and allow working with different file formats and protocols. Some of them block pop-up windows, have inbuilt PDF readers, allow working with documents, spreadsheets, etc. Moreover, the user can extend modern browsers with plugins and extensions that provide for some specific user’s needs.
When launching a website, the website owner should make sure that their website displays equally well in different modern browsers. This process is referred to as cross-browser testing. The procedure is rather painful, as tweaking cross-browser display differences is a tedious procedure.
You should account for cross-browser compatibility on different stages of website creation. If you use a template for website creation, choose the one produced by well-established template providers. For instance, you make check modern cross-browser compatible templates by TemplateMonster. Check their WordPress themes in different browsers, and you’ll see that they look exactly the same.
Moreover, make use of Online Tools to check your website browser compatibility, and be confident in your website display in all modern browsers.
Related terms: URL, HTTP, HTML, website, web page, bookmark, cookie, application.
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