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Cross Browser Website Design
What does it mean to design a website with "cross browser" support? To put it simply, the website will look the same when displayed in any of today's modern browsers. Well, that sounds good but still doesn't explain too much to the website novice.
First, a browser is merely the program one uses to view a website. Most of us are quite familiar with Microsoft's Internet Explorer although it was not the first browser developed. The very first browser was called Mosaic which was then replaced in popularity by Netscape Navigator, which in turn lost popularity to Internet Explorer due to it's unfair distribution advantage in 1999.
As the years passed, many others have developed browsers, non of which have surpassed the popularity of Internet Explorer. As each new browser pops into existence, web designers must take note of how the browser renders code. Currently there are 5 major browsers which are taken into account when designing a website today. Most function the same however each browser renders code slightly different than the next. The five are Opera, Firefox, Safari, Internet Explorer, and Chrome respectively.
What's All The Design Fuss About?
When having a new website designed it is imperative the site look and function the same in each of these browsers. It's impossible to tell what browser an audience will be using as they view a website. If the designer only previewed the site in Internet Explorer, it is entirely possible the site will not look as intended in some of the other browsers.
We design our websites using today's standards and cross browser support, which means your new website will look and function as intended in all of the browsers mentioned above. It's very important that this concept is followed in order to provide maximum returns from your web site.