Cross browser testing helps you stand out above the rest.

Have you ever designed a website and thought how wonderful it looked only to be shocked when you see it on your friend’s computer screen? Why does it look different? What can you do to fix it? Read further to find out more about why Cross Browser Testing and development make you stand out above the crowd as a designer. 

In the web development and design world, Internet Explorer is the devil.  It’s archaic, completely unapproachable in terms of semantics, and downright just bad juju.  Why you may ask?  Well Microsoft doesn’t like to play nice with others.  They say (in a nutshell) “We own the software industry so we’re going to do what we want.”  The W3C (World Wide Web Consortium) is an organization that develops interoperable technologies (specifications, guidelines, software, and tools) to lead the Web to its full potential.  Their main purpose is to develop protocols and guidelines that ensure long-term growth for the Web, and for the longest time Microsoft wouldn’t comply with any of the guidelines set by the W3C.  (You can learn more about web standards by googling or by visiting the Web Standards Project.)  Fortunately, with the recent release of IE8, Microsoft has put a bigger foot forward toward adopting more standards compliant code.  But just think about all the people out there using older, outdated web browsers…

What does this mean for you, as a designer?  Several things.  You could attempt to make sure all your clients and their customers are viewing the websites you build on the same browser (and in some cases on the same operating system and browser combo), or you can take the time to test them on as many browsers as possible.  The vast majority of users are still using IE6 or IE7 due to Internet Explorer coming pre-loaded with Widows systems.  Personally, I would like to see IE go the way of the Dodo but I know that’s a little far fetched.  So until then, I will continue to view my websites in different browsers, at different resolutions and on different operating systems to make sure I know what they look like before rolling out a new design.  And I will continue to suggest others to download a better browser and ditch Internet Explorer. Visit browseHappy by clicking the image link below and learn how you can pick a better browser for yourself!

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