A browser is the piece of software used to display XHTML pages. Different companies and groups of programmers produce different browsers. Through the times some of the big browsers have been Lynx, Mosaic, Netscape Navigator, Internet Explorer (Microsoft), Opera and Mozilla. Apart from the names, they also have versions - a Navigator 2 can't show the same things as a Navigator 4.5 e.g.
       Different browsers show the same content in different ways, if they can get away with it. This is why it's important to find out what browsers the homepage will be shown in, and test the homepage in all of them.
       Since XHTML was chosen as the new standard, browsers were supposed to only show pages following the new standard - but this hasn't happened yet. Many browsers still have a "we guess this is what he meant" principle, when they display pages.

Concept last updated: 25/08 2003.



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