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    Which browsers are ideal...?

    For testing design compatibility, which browsers, beyond the latest versions of Navigator & Explorer, would be a good idea to use?

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    My recommendations:

    For core testing: moz, opera 7, and ie6

    For secondary testing (if you can run them): safari or konqueror, ie5, and a small-screen device like WebTV Viewer or a PDA

    For legacy and accessibility testing: netscape 3 and Lynx
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    Forget Opera

    Mozilla, IE6. Lynx. Nothing else is really neccessary.

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    Can see this turning into a 'battle of the browsers' thread once again

    Mozilla and IE5.5(or maybe6) are the most popular browsers. I found that most ppl that aren't web intelligent only use the browsers that come with their isp. I've never heard of an ISP that comes with Opera or lynx.

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    Lynx is useful because it helps you to visualise how non-visual user agents (like search-engine robots and screenreaders) perceive your page.

    Opera 7 is sufficiently standards compliant that you don't need to do separate testing, unless you're doing advanced DOM scripting or tinkering with CSS3.

    But it has other features useful in a dev browser - you can do excellently cool things like disable stylesheets, or turn off images, from single-click toolbar buttons. And you can send a local file to the W3C validator, from the document context menu.
    Last edited by brothercake; 03-16-2003 at 04:42 AM.
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    Originally posted by brothercake
    Lynx is useful because it helps you to visualise how non-visual user agents (like search-engine robots and screenreaders) perceive your page.
    ...exactly

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    i use these browsers for testing:

    ie6, moz1, k-meleon.7 (occasionly does wierd things none of the others do...), opera6.05, and netscape4.7 (to bring some humor to my life ... [and fustration... then i learnt that ignoring it is the best thing to do] ) and that lynx emulator thing... grand.
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    Thank you all for the advice.


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