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Thursday, March 15, 2012

What we can do to avoid browser incompatibility?

Malfunctioning of the web sites across various browsers has become a topic of utter annoyance.

Why it happens so that your web site functions perfectly well on one browser and at the same time fails to perform well in some other browser?
Why it appears to be missing some thing while it appears as proper on other browsers?

The root cause of all such errors and differences is the browser incompatibility.


- There are various tools that can help you across detecting the browser incompatibility.

- Such tools check for the browser incompatibility by comparing the various snap shots of the web site operating under various web browsers.

- Different browsers and different browser versions all add up to the browser incompatibility.

- Browser incompatibility though cannot be eradicated fully; it can be at least reduced to a certain extent.

- Though the browser is only to be blamed for its incompatibility, the measures to reduce or avoid it can be taken from both sides.

- It can be done by improving either the standards of the browser or by taking care of the web site.

- If the web site in its design and code is good, incompatibility will be noticed less.


- It arises either because of the incompatibility of the web browser or because of the problems in the web site itself.

- So you need to focus on the design an implementation of your web site rather than bogging up yourself with the browser issues.

- Employing cutting edge HTML can also run you in to the incompatibility problems as the HTML standards usually are a way step ahead of what is supported by the web browsers.

- Till now, no such browser has been developed that will take in to consideration 100 percent HTML.

- No doubt there are certain browsers that are a bit close to this value than the others.

- Using latest versions and standards of the HTML is always not a good choice. So be wise when you choose the version of HTML for designing up your web site.

- Another fact to be kept in mind is that not all the web browsers are equally efficient in translating the HTML code in to formatted web sites.

- There are some browsers that may leave certain parts of the HTML code because they are not able to execute it and again you will have trouble with your browser compatibility.

- Also all the web browsers do not translate a web page in the same manner and don’t give the same results.

- Before you start building up your web site, check out the compatibility of the different browsers so that you will have an idea what all formats and standards they support and you can build your site according and simultaneously avoiding a bug deal of incompatibility.

- After you have finished developing your web site, have your pages validated. If you are getting errors in your web site try out the trail and error debugging method.

Though the World Wide Web consortium has specified the standards for using HTML, you can very well invent your own and design your web site accordingly. But this has a disadvantage that the browser may reject the parts that cannot be executed and the appearance and functioning of your web site will be affected.

The basic difference between the two versions of a browser lies in the support they provide for the HTML. But on top of all it would be better if you pay attention to the browser compatibility while designing your web site. This will prevent you from running in to future issues regarding the incompatibility of the browser.

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